Apple formally launched two of its India stores this week in Delhi and Mumbai after a long wait, but that’s not all. There are indications that the company may double the number of people working at its contract manufacturing facilities in the nation, to over 200,000.
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, has asked the government for assistance so that Apple can increase the number of Indian component suppliers it works with. Cook has also urged the Indian government for help in preparing the workforce there to meet Apple’s needs. Apple’s primary focus in India is on contract manufacturers’ iPhone assembly lines.
The company, though, wants to expand its offerings to include iPads and AirPods as well. Currently, Apple’s three Indian suppliers—Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron—are in charge of assembling its iPhones.
According to a report cited by PTI, Apple has created 100,000 employment in India. It’s interesting to note that women in blue-collar jobs account for the majority of roles, roughly 72%. The report also emphasizes that many of the women workers are first-time job seekers and that the majority of these employment have only been available for 20 months.
According to reports, there is a lot of room for expansion, investments, job creation, and export opportunities in the relationship between Apple and India. As part of its efforts to lessen its dependence on China, Apple has been seeking to increase the size of its production facilities in India.
Currently, Foxconn and Wistron Corp., two Taiwanese electronics manufacturers, are in charge of assembling Apple products like iPhones in India.