iPhone maker Apple not only produces mobile phones for India, but exported handsets worth $1 billion (approximately Rs. 8,200 crore) as of December, a senior government official said on Monday. Speaking at The Business 20 (B20), the official G20 dialogue forum with global business, Electronics and IT Secretary Alkesh Kumar Sharma said a number of plans have been put in place to transform India from a service nation to a product nation.
“Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme has really created a buzz in the market. Our mobile manufacturing has taken it to the next level. Not only do we make it for India, but Apple also exports from India. The December figure we just released is that they have exported $1 billion (approximately Rs. 8,200 crore) worth of mobile phones,” Sharma said.
Earlier in the day, Union commerce minister Piyush Goyal said Apple is looking to scale up its production in India as the business climate helps international companies make the country their base.
Apple currently makes iPhone in India at the factory of contract manufacturers Foxconn and Wistron.
Sharma said India is creating an entire ecosystem of electronic hardware and semiconductors and is working to create facilities such as manufacturing plants.
He said the government has focused on emerging technologies.
“We do a lot of deep tech research and development. I talked about supercomputing and quantum computing missions. We also created a 20 petaflop capacity that is now set up in many of our IITs and research institutions. Emerging Technologies are a new fifth pillar for us,” he said.
The IT secretary said that the government will actively work to make India a talented nation from basic to advanced deep technical skills.