Xiaomi, Vivo, Samsung, Oppo, and other smartphone companies have received approval from some Indian governments to partially resume device manufacturing and assembly as the world’s second largest mobile phone market, which completely ceased operations at these factories in late March is.
The companies indicated that they had received permission to start their manufacturing operations in the country, although some restrictions still exist, such as limited workforce operations. (The federal government allowed smartphone production to resume earlier this month, but the state governments have the final say on whether the local conditions are safe enough to enforce the relaxation.)
The decision to go to New Delhi comes days after the two-week extension of the blockage earlier this month, but has eased some economic revival restrictions that have stalled across the country since the introduction of strict home stay requirements in late March are.
Earlier this week, the government allowed e-commerce companies and hail services to resume service across the country in green and orange zones, in areas where the coronavirus was less widespread. Green and orange zones make up 82% of India̵
Xiaomi, which has launched a number of devices in India today, including its Mi 10 smartphone with Snapdragon 865, announced earlier this month that it only has inventory to meet demand for up to three weeks.
Manu Kumar Jain, VP at Xiaomi, who oversees the Chinese company’s business in India, said today that the company, which has been the country’s leading smartphone provider for more than two years, is operating in its contractor’s Foxconn facility in the USA will resume state of Andhra Pradesh.
A person familiar with the matter informed TechCrunch that Wistron, an Apple contractor, has started limited operations for the iPhone maker in Bangalore.
Vivo, the second largest smartphone provider in India, said the company would resume production at 30% of its capacity. “We will start production with around 3,000 employees,” said a Vivo spokesman.
Like Vivo Oppo will also resume production at its Greater Noida plant with approximately 3,000 employees who would work alternately, it said. Samsung, which opened the world’s largest smartphone factory in India in 2018, announced that it would resume production at that factory.
“On Thursday, the factory went into limited operation, which will grow over time. The safety and well-being of our employees remain our absolute priority. We have ensured that all hygiene and social detachment measures are adhered to on the premises in accordance with government guidelines, ”said a Samsung spokesman.
The outbreak of the corona virus has severely disrupted several companies. According to research company Counterpoint, India has seen no sales of mobile phones in the past month. Counterpoint estimates that smartphone shipments in India will decrease 10% this year, compared to 8.9% growth in 2019 and 10% growth in 2018.
Each of the leading smartphone manufacturers in India has either set up its own manufacturing facility in recent years or has partnered with contractors to produce local units to take advantage of the tax benefits New Delhi offers.