tech2 News StaffAug 18, 2015 17:30:34 IST
Motorola and Lenovo have been quite clear about their plans to manufacture in India. Now, Lenovo that owns Motorola has started local manufacturing of its smartphones in India at Sriperumbudur near Chennai.
The company has reportedly already started making the 4G variant of the Moto E and plans to start making the Lenovo K3 Note, also a 4G device, soon.
Both Motorla and Lenovo manufacture at the same facility, but have two different manufacturing lines, the report adds. The plant can accomodate 1500 employees and has the capacity of 6 million units for the current financial year.
“Lenovo is not new to manufacturing in India. We recognized the potential of India and we invested in PC manufacturing several years ago. Lenovo’s investment in the new manufacturing plant represents the potential we see in the Indian market and our long term commitment to our customers,” said Chen Xudong, President MBG Group, Lenovo and chairman Motorola Mobility Operating Board. “In the past ten years, our brand has grown manifold in India. We are excited to expand our presence and tap into India’s competent talent pool that will enable us to develop cutting-edge products for our customers across the world.”
Amar Babu, COO, Asia Pacific and chairman of Lenovo India said, "We are talking to government to improve availability of components locally to improve the total value of devices."
Lenovo joins others like Asus and Xiaomi, who've announced plans to manufacture in India. In fact, earlier this month, Xiaomi hosted an event took place in Visakhapatnam in the presence of CM Nara Chandrababu Naidu and Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to launch its 'Make in India' initiative. Xiaomi has partnered with Foxconn to manufacture smartphones in India and the factory is based in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh.
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