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Apple Starts iPhone 7 Production in India: Report

The iPhone maker is also seeking tax relief and other incentives to begin assembling more handsets and open its branded stores in India

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

Giving an impetus to its India manufacturing plans, Apple has started the assembling of iPhone 7 at its supplier Wistron’s facility in Bengaluru.

Taiwanese industrial major Wistron already assembles iPhone 6S in the country.

“We are proud to be producing iPhone 7 in Bengaluru for our local customers furthering our long-term commitment in India,” an Apple spokesperson told IANS on Tuesday.

The assembling of iPhone 7 began last month.

Wistron, which announced last year plans to invest Rs 3,000 crore in the Narasupra industrial sector in Karnataka’s Kolar district, started Apple operations with assembling low-end iPhone SE and later iPhone 6S.

According to Wistron India head Gururaj A, the company would set up an iPhone making unit in the 43 acres of land allotted to it, with employment potential of over 10,000 people.

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

The new Wistron facility is also set to manufacture a wider range of Apple’s devices.

Apple is slowly but steadily strategising its plans to make deeper inroads in a country where over 450 million people use smartphones, and assembling iPhone 7 is another step towards gaining more ground.

According to Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research, the Indian electronics market is growing fast and has gained a significant advantage on some of the competing countries.

“I think to start with, it makes sense for Apple to localise assembling of models that have the potential to scale up and then slowly expands it to entire portfolio,” Pathak told IANS.

iPhone 7 runs iOS 12, is water-resistant and houses a 12MP camera, Retina HD display, great battery life and stereo speakers.

The 32GB iPhone 7 costs Rs 39,900 while the 128GB variant Rs 49,900.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

In India, price is a key factor when it comes to buying a smartphone.

Apple has already begun reducing the price of iPhone in China and may follow the same in India where iPhone is considered expensive.

According to a report in Caixin on Monday, Apple has cut prices for several of its products including iPhones.

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For the first time this year, Apple has dropped iPhone prices on its official Chinese website.

“The slash comes in response to China’s reduction of the tax burden for manufacturing and other sectors that began on April 1,” the report said.

The iPhone maker is also seeking tax relief and other incentives to begin assembling more handsets and open its branded stores in India. (IANS)

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Panasonic Boosts Smart Factory Business in India

Panasonic also plans to open a technical centre for its smart factory solutions which will act as a strategic base that validates smart factories with customers and be used as a training centre

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Panasonic also launches mobile computing devices in India. Flickr

Targeting Rs.1,000 crore in revenue in India from its Smart Factory solutions in the next three years, Japanese electronics major Panasonic has announced it has integrated its welding business and SMT (Surface Mount Technology) equipment business into one Smart Manufacturing Solutions company.

The smart factory solutions proposition will enable Panasonic to deliver high value-added smart solutions and services along with world-class hardware to the manufacturing industry, the company said in a statement late on Wednesday.

The company targets to achieve Rs 1,000 crore in revenue from its smart factory business in the next three years in India, with solutions and digital manufacturing expected to contribute 15 per cent to the total smart factory business revenue.

“India is adopting new-age technologies such as 5G, IoT, AI and others at a rapid pace and we will only see more investment in these technologies as we move forward,” said Hiroyuki Aota, President and CEO, Global Panasonic Smart Factory Solutions.

“To be able to cater to these growing demands, having the right and smart capabilities in manufacturing will be key, and this is what we are addressing today,” he added.

The smart factory solutions mean integrated line management system (ILNB), automated process tracker, digital reporting system and more.

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Panasonic. IANS

Panasonic’s recently introduced solution ILNB can communicate with the entire line of machinery and can automate up to 70-80 per cent of manual processes.

The digital reporting system allows real-time access to information, helping build agility and overall transparency of systems.

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“The key technology to realise a Smart Factory is to connect various equipments through the Internet of Things (IoT), synchronize them and collect and control data in real time for entire production processes,” said Manish Sharma, President & CEO Panasonic India.

Panasonic also plans to open a technical centre for its smart factory solutions which will act as a strategic base that validates smart factories with customers and be used as a training centre. (IANS)