Thanks to the “Make in India” initiative from the Indian government, more and more companies are finally starting to manufacture their products in India. Xiaomi recently unveiled its first Indian made smartphone, the Redmi 2 Prime and now Lenovo has followed suite. Lenovo (and Motorola) has started manufacturing some of its smartphones in India.
The company will manufacture two of its most popular affordable smartphones in India, the Moto E and the K3 Note. These devices will be manufactured at the Sriperumbudur plant near Chennai via a local manufacturer. The company is already churning out the 4G capable Moto E from the plant. The plant is capable of producing 6 million units for the year and even though Motorola is a Lenovo-owned company, both the divisions will have separate assembly lines.
The manufacturing plant will house around 1500 employees for manufacturing, quality assurance and product testing. According to Amar Babu, COO of Asia Pacific and chairman of Lenovo India, the company’s partner will be able to source around 30% of the components required locally. The company is in talks with the government to improve the production of the local components.
This is certainly good news for India, considering it’s Lenovo’s only plan outside India and it shows the interest of the companies in the Indian market.