Gionee had announced in July that it will foray into contract manufacturing of smartphones in India. Today, the Chinese smartphone maker has teamed up with Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer and Dixon technologies for the same.
As a result of the partnership, assembling of the phones will start in India by mid-October. Foxconn will make smartphones from the F Series and P Series for Gionee at its Sri City plant in Tamil Nadu whereas Dixon Technologies will make feature phones as well as smartphones for Gionee at its Noida factory. Both the partners will start the production in the month of October and they have a capacity of more than 1.2 million handset per month between them.
“Make in India as an initiative gives an opportunity to not only take Gionee as brand ahead but also to be actively able to participate in the growth of our economy through various touch points. We are happy to have partnered with the best in business including Foxconn and Dixon and sure that this step will prove to be instrumental in the brands future.”
said Arvind.R.Vohra, Country CEO & MD, Gionee India in a statement.
In addition, Gionee will be investing 50 million US$ in the next three years on manufacturing in India. Gionee will also increase the investment in R&D team in India which will work on the software to give better consumer experience. This team will work on the Gionee UI, Amigo to make it much more customised for Indian Consumers.
“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 Gionee.
Last week Sony announced that is will assemble Xperia phones and manufacture budget phone in India. The Japanese smartphone maker is said to be in talks with Foxconn, which already makes smartphones for Xiaomi at Sri City plant in Andhra Pradesh. Lenovo and Motorola started manufacturing smartphones in the country since last month.
Vivo, HTC, Microsoft, LG, Motorola, Asus, Micromax, Celkon and Karbonn are some of the national and international smartphone makers that have announced their plans to start manufacturing smartphones in India.