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Gionee to make smart phones in India, as early as October

Chinese smart phone manufacturer Gionee
has announced its plans to start production in India in partnership with
Foxconn and Dixon, who will start making the devices come October.

Gionee will be investing $50 million
over three years, in line with the ambitious ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Foxconn will start manufacturing F series and P series phones at the Andhra
Pradesh facility, while Dixon will produce feature phones and other smart
phones at its Delh-NCR unit.

Chinese smart phone manufacturer Gionee
has announced its plans to start production in India in partnership with
Foxconn and Dixon, who will start making the devices come October.

Gionee will be investing $50 million
over three years, in line with the ambitious ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Foxconn will start manufacturing F series and P series phones at the Andhra
Pradesh facility, while Dixon will produce feature phones and other smart
phones at its Delh-NCR unit.

“Make in India as an initiative gives an
opportunity to not only take Gionee as a brand ahead, but also to be actively
able to participate in the growth of our economy through various touch points,”
said Arvind Vohra, CEO & MD, Gionee India.

Gionee says that they have a capacity of
more than 1.2 million handsets per month, and will further invest in the
R&D team in India to focus on the software.

“India market is second home market to Gionee
after China, and the investment in India manufacturing is just another step in
a line-up of much more to come for the Indian market and customers,” said
William Lu, President of Gionee.

The Chinese firm has become the latest
addition to the growing number of smart phone companies that are setting up
factories in India.

In August, China’s Lenovo Group started
assembling smart phones in its 40,000 square feet facility in Chennai, run by
Singapore-based contract manufacturer Flextronics International. In the same
month, China’s Meizu Technology, in which e-commerce giant Alibaba Group
Holding is a minority stakeholder, said it plans to make handsets in the
country. The company is in talks with Foxconn.

 

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