From left: Debjani Ghosh, President, MAIT, Amar Babu, COO, Asia Pacific & India Chairman, Lenovo, Chen Xudong, SVP, Lenovo Group; President, Lenovo Mobile Business Group; Chairman, Motorola Mobility and Co-Chairman, ShenQi, Dr. Ajay Kumar, Addl. Secretary, Department of Electronics & IT, Dillon Ye, VP, AP Lenovo Smartphone Sales, at the Lenovo Make in India announcement, August 182015
Lenovo to bolster Indian handset manufacture in Tamil Nadu

New Delhi, August 18, 2015: The world’s largest PC maker,  Lenovo, joins other global electronics and device makers  who  in recent weeks, have committed to an increased Indian manufacturing  operation. The company  will start the local manufacturing of smartphones in Sriperambudur, Chennai. 
For the current financial year, Lenovo and Motorola( whose handset brand was acquired by Lenovo),  will generate a capacity of 6 million units. The Moto E has already started rolling out from the plant and the K3 note will follow very soon. The campus will house 1500 employees for manufacturing lines, quality assurance, product testing, etc. Both Lenovo and Motorola will have separate manufacturing lines at the same facility.
Says Chen Xudong, President MBG Group, Lenovo and chairman Motorola Mobility Operating Board:  “Lenovo is not new to manufacturing in India.  We recognized the potential of India and we invested in PC manufacturing several years ago. Lenovo’s investment in the new manufacturing plant represents the potential we see in the Indian market and our long term commitment to our customers.”  
“The Indian Government’s thrust on ‘Make in India’ has opened up a plethora of opportunities for organizations looking to conduct business in India”, said Amar Babu, COO, Asia Pacific & Chairman, Lenovo India. “Currently for smartphones, India is the third largest smartphone market in the world, according to IDC and we believe this an opportune time. Lenovo is transforming into a global consumer technology brand by differentiating itself on innovation and design. Today’s announcement reiterates India’s strategic importance in Lenovo’s global strategy and we are confident that this will propel Lenovo to its next phase of growth, diversifying beyond PCs into smart connected devices.”
The Lenovo and Motorola brands have seen huge success in India and have come back to manufacture in India in support of the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Both companies have started integrating the manufacturing and supply chain operations and are working towards to combining many back-end operations as well.

Vinay Shenoy, Chairman, India Electronics & Semiconductor Association: “Lenovo’s decision to establish smartphone manufacturing in India and joining an increasing bandwagon of smartphone manufacturers is proof of Indian manufacturing competitiveness. The component and module eco-system will soon follow to support large scale manufacturing for a single category - smart phones. Smaller manufacturers then will benefit from this eco-system.Along with Smartphones, Consumer Electronics and Set Top boxes also offer a large local market and are likely to be locally manufactured.
The “Make in India” initiative of the Government is taking wings. We anticipate more such announcements from both Indian and Multinational companies in the months to come”
Our earlier  Make in India  coverage: 
Xiaomi... in Andhra Pradesh
Sony in Tamil Nadu
Foxconn in India