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Apple to assemble iPhones in India, manufacturing in pipeline

Wants tax breaks and content concessions for local assembly

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Apple is seeking manufacturing concessions from the government to produce the iPhone SE more competitively in India.   © Reuters

MUMBAI -- Apple will start assembling its iPhone SE in India at the Bangalore factory of Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron in June, a reliable source told the Nikkei Asian Review, and could manufacture other iPhones there given the right tax incentives and more relaxed local sourcing regulations.

Initially, the company will import components from existing suppliers and only assemble in India. By doing so, a 16% saving in duty is possible compared to importing fully assembled iPhone SEs, which are the size of an iPhone 5 but with iPhone 6 technology.

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