Xiaomi enlists Foxconn to start making smartphones in India
Chinese handset vendor eyes world’s third-largest market as opportunity for expansion
China's Xiaomi has announced a deal with Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn to build phones in India, Reuters reported.
The project will mark Xiaomi's first move to make phones locally in India, the world's third largest market for handsets, and key to the Chinese company's ambitions to grow its global market share.
The company's global vice president, Hugo Barra, said India-based manufacturing would begin at a factory in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, which will make Xiaomi's Redmi2 Prime smartphone.
"It's not only about designing for India, we want to make in India and be closer to our consumers," Barra told reporters.
Xiaomi has not yet released figures on the size of investment made in the Andhra Pradesh assembly line.
The venture will also mark the return of Foxconn to India. The manufacturer, which also makes iPhones for Apple, last year had to shut down its operations making handsets for Nokia, following the Finnish company's sale of its devices business to Microsoft.