Source: News Bharati English25 Sep 2016 13:34:53

New Delhi, September 25: Huawei made an announcement that it will start to manufacture smartphones in India in collaboration with the leading global electronics manufacturer, Flex India, in October. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, Information and Technology, Law and Justice made the announcement at Huawei’s ‘Make in India’ inauguration ceremony in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

Announcing the manufacturing facility, Prasad said, "I would like to congratulate Huawei on their commitment to pursue their ‘Make in India’ vision. The Government of India is pleased to see so much enthusiasm for our ‘Make in India’ initiative. We are working towards making India an electronic manufacturing hub.

He added, “As India is set to become the second largest smartphone market, our government would like to invite even more businesses to come and manufacture in India. This is an opportune time to start manufacturing from India. The smartphone landscape in India is growing every day and such initiatives by technology leaders will help accelerate the growth of local manufacturing industry in India.”

Jay Chen, CEO, Huawei India said, “We have been present in India for the last 16 years and as part of our India focus, we have been consistently expanding our footprint in the market. This year especially has been of significance in our India journey. We recently launched our world class Global Service Center (GSC) in Bengaluru and the start of manufacturing in India is an affirmation of our commitment to India and supports the ‘Make in India’ campaign. We are convinced about the growth potential and future of India and we’ll keep looking for opportunities to increase our presence here.”

Commenting on the occasion, Jeff Reece, Head of Flex Telecom Segment said, “We are thrilled to expand our global partnership with Huawei. Our alliance with Huawei in India is a testament of our commitment towards boosting local manufacturing.”

Huawei’s latest manufacturing initiative is part of its commitment to the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ vision by harnessing local talent, coupled with the infusion of hi-tech Research and Development (R&D) expertise and knowledge into the country. The smartphone manufacturing announcement is another milestone in Huawei’s 16-year journey in India which includes its largest overseas R&D Center and the recently inaugurated GSC in Bengaluru.