Huawei has announced that it will start to manufacture smartphones in India in collaboration with Flex starting next month. Reaffirming its commitment to the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, starting from the first week of October, the Flex manufacturing plant in Chennai will manufacture one of the Honor smartphones models. These made-in-India devices will hit Indian market as early as next month.
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The manufacturing plant will have the capacity to make three million units by the end of 2017. In addition, Huawei will be strengthening its after sales services in India with over 200 service centers, including more than 30 exclusive Huawei service centers. The company is also looking at expanding its distribution network by partnering with more than 50,000 retail outlets by the end of 2016 to create a comprehensive, nationwide distribution system.
India is a very important market for Huawei and the company has renewed its focus on the region with two brands – Huawei and Honor – to cater to a diverse audience. Jay Chen, CEO, Huawei India shared that Huawei has been present in India for the last 16 years and as part of their India focus, the company has been consistently expanding their footprint in the market. Earlier this year, Huawei also inaugurated its Global Service Center in Bengaluru.
The announcement was made in the presence of Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Information & Technology, Government of India at the company’s ‘Make in India’ inauguration ceremony in New Delhi. Announcing the manufacturing facility, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Government of India is pleased to see so much enthusiasm for their ‘Make in India’ initiative and is working towards making India an electronic manufacturing hub.