The Tata Group is in talks with Taiwanese-based Wistron to establish an electronics manufacturing joint venture in India, seeking to assemble iPhones in the South Asian country, reports the Indian Express.
From the article: The discussions with Wistron Corp. are aimed at making Tata a force in technology manufacturing, and the Indian salt-to-software conglomerate wants to tap the Taiwanese company’s expertise in product development, supply chain and assembly, people with knowledge of the matter said. If successful, the pact could make Tata the first Indian company to build iPhones, which are currently mainly assembled by Taiwanese manufacturing giants like Wistron and Foxconn Technology Group in China and India.
Last month it was announced that Apple plans to begin manufacturing the iPhone 14 in India about two months after the product’s initial release out of China, “narrowing the gap between the two countries but not closing it completely as some had anticipated.
Bloomberg says the tech giant has been working with suppliers to ramp up manufacturing in India and shorten the lag in production of the new iPhone from the typical six to nine months for previous launches. Previous reports said the iPhone 14 will be manufactured almost simultaneously in China and India as part of the tech giant’s efforts to diversify its production partners.