Media reports from India suggest Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision’s subsidiary FIH Mobile Limited may return to India to manufacture iPhones, after FIH Mobile closed its Chennai plant that was established to handle business from Nokia.
India’s Economic Times cited an unnamed source in its April 11 report that FIH Mobile plans to set up two assembly lines for smartphones in Gujarat and Noida. The report also said FIH Mobile will establish a small trial production factory near Sri City in Andhra Pradesh for the R&D of new products.
FIH Mobile used to have three plants along the Chennai-Bengaluru highway to produce phones and components for Nokia. After Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s device and service business, the three plants were subsequently closed. FIH Mobile’s last plant in the Nokia Telecom Special Economic Zone was shut down in February this year, for instance.
Assuming the new assembly lines do in fact open, many believe they will be led by Nokia’s former plant officials, including Josh Foulger who helped set up Nokia’s Sriperumbudur plant.