Apple’s Indian factories in India are closing temporarily after the Indian government has ordered the country’s 1.3 billion people to stay at home for at least three weeks to reduce the spread of the corona virus.
Indian factories halted production until at least April 14 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a national shutdown. According to Bloomberg:
Foxconn and Wistron Corp. have suspended production in their Indian plant, which includes assembling some Apple Inc. iPhone models to meet a nationwide closure ordered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., will suspend operations until April 14, the company said in a text message to Bloomberg News. Its Indian production will continue on the basis of further announcements by the government. A Wistron spokesman said the company is also complying with the order, while refusing to comment on exactly what products it is dealing with.
Modi announced a 21-day ban on a television address to the nation on Tuesday night. “You will forget what it means to go out for a few days. Today’s decision to shut down the country will drag your home on the line,” the prime minister said.
In April, Wistron’s new plant in India was ready to assemble printed circuit boards (PCBs) with iPhones. This is the first contract deal for a Taiwanese manufacturer that can save Apple from paying import taxes on a vital Indian smartphone component.
2017iPhone SE, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 have been pumped at Wistron’s other plant in Bangalore since 2017. Wistron’s biggest rival, Foxconn, launched the production of iPhone XR models in India last year. Apple also has an office with thousands of employees in Hyderabad, using Apple Maps data.
All plants and offices are likely to be affected by the anti-virus measures that will come into effect when Apple intends to target online and in-store sales to Indian customers.
According to the latest market research data, Apple was the fastest growing premium smartphone brand in India last year with 41% growth. India has also recently relaxed its rules on locally sourced parts, allowing Apple to open an online store later this year in India and open the country’s first retail store next year.