World’s third largest smartphone maker, Huawei, has now joined GOI’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and will be assembling smartphones in partnership with Flex at the latter’s Chennai facility. Flex, which was earlier known as Flextronics, is one of the world’s leading smartphone and mobile manufacturers and a supply chain solutions company.
Further expanding its strategic presence in Indian market, Huawei further plans to invest in 200 additional service centers including 35 exclusive Huawei service centers and to partner with 50,000 offline retailers for an extensive presence in the vast offline smartphone market across 640 districts.
Huawei will be making 3 million Honor smartphones by the end of 2017. With Flex already registering 100 acres of adjoining land, further expansion won’t be a problem.
The inauguration of Huawei’s Make in India journey was done in presence of several dignitaries including Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, Information & Technology, Law and Justice said.
“I would like to congratulate Huawei on their commitment to pursue their ‘Make in India’ vision. The Government of India is pleased to see so much enthusiasm for our “Make in India” initiative. We are working towards making India an electronic manufacturing hub. As India is set to become the second largest smartphone market, our government would like to invite even more businesses to come and manufacture in India. This is an opportune time to start manufacturing from India. The smartphone landscape in India is growing every day and such initiatives by technology leaders will help accelerate the growth of local manufacturing industry in India.” Stated the Union Minister at the launch.
“We have been present in India for the last 16 years and as part of our India focus, we have been consistently expanding our footprint in the market. This year especially has been of significance in our India journey. We recently launched our world class GSC in Bengaluru and the start of manufacturing in India is an affirmation of our commitment to India and supports the Make in India campaign. We are convinced about the growth potential and future of India and we’ll keep looking for opportunities to increase our presence here.” Stated Jay Chen, CEO, Huawei India
This new expansion drive will help Huawei increase its presence in India, both online and offline. The company aims to capture 10 percent market share using its dual brand approach. The Honor brand caters to budget segment and the smartphones under Huawei brand attempt to capture the premium high-end market.