- Taiwanese electronics behemoth Foxconn announces a hefty $600M investment in India for phone manufacturing and semiconductor facilities.
- The massive project, in collaboration with US chip firm Applied Materials, is projected to create employment for more than 13,000 people.
- This marks a significant step in Foxconn's diversification strategy and India's drive to become a high-tech manufacturing hub.
Taiwan-based electronic manufacturing giant, Foxconn, is about to pump in upwards of $600 million in India, as per an announcement by the government of Karnataka. This colossal investment is projected to create a dual-platform of new opportunities - mobile phone manufacturing and semiconductor equipment development.
M B Patil, Karnataka's minister of commerce, broke the news via a tweet, revealing that Foxconn and American semiconductor firm, Applied Materials, have pledged over $360 million towards a phone casing component factory. An additional $240 million will be funneled into a novel semiconductor manufacturing endeavor. This initiative, no small feat, is expected to bolster job opportunities for a whopping 12,000 individuals in the phone project and another 1,000 in the semiconductor venture.
Foxconn, globally recognized as the principal assembler of Apple’s iPhones, is making strategic moves to diversify both geographically and product-wise. While its prime operations are rooted in China, the world's largest iPhone factory, Foxconn has been eyeing India for its expansion blueprint.
Yet, Foxconn's ambitions don't end at handheld devices. The company is proactively working towards establishing itself in the electric car manufacturing industry, and though success in semiconductor manufacturing has been elusive thus far, efforts in that direction continue unabated.
India, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is being sculpted into a hub for advanced technology, notably semiconductors. With top executives from major US chip firms applauding India and announcing investments at a recent semiconductor event attended by Modi and Foxconn's Chairman, Young Liu, Foxconn's significant investment in Karnataka is a noteworthy step forward.
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