Visakhapatnam, August 11 2015: China-based smartphone company Xiaomi is the latest to embrace the Make in India initiative. It announced yesterday that it will now manufacture some of its devices locally in India.
Xiaomi revealed its ‘Make in India’ plans at an event here , in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) of the Indian government.
Xiaomi has partnered with Foxconn Technology Group to manufacture its smartphones in India. The factory is based in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. The first Mi phone to be manufactured in India is Redmi 2 Prime, an enhanced version of Redmi 2 with 2GB RAM and 16GB Flash, which will be available for Rs. 6,999 on Mi.com and other partner sites (Flipkart, Amazon, and Snapdeal). Foxconn has already started producing Redmi 2 Prime at their Sri City factory, and 100% of the Redmi 2 Prime units sold in India are made in India.
Xiaomi entered India in July 2014.
Says Hugo Barra, Vice President, Xiaomi Global: "Manufacturing smartphones locally is a significant step towards incorporating Xiaomi into the fabric of India in the years to come. Thanks to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visionary plan to transform India into an attractive destination for manufacturing, we have a great opportunity to make our products in India, bringing us even closer to Indian consumers and contributing to India’s evolution in the technology sector. After taking into consideration several factors, manufacturing in Andhra Pradesh was an obvious choice for us. This has been possible due to the support of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and his forward thinking policies, as well as Ashok K Kantha, the Ambassador of India to China, who played a key role in helping us to forge links with Andhra Pradesh.”
Adds Chandrababu Naidu: “We have great faith in young leaders and young companies like Xiaomi. These new generation companies and entrepreneurs will be key to the success of Andhra Pradesh and India. We are happy to partner with Xiaomi as they set up their first manufacturing unit in India, as part of the Make in India program. We believe this partnership will provide new opportunities to youth of the state and develop an electronics manufacturing ecosystem of global standards in Andhra Pradesh.”
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