Apple vendors, others propose ₹11 lakh crore PLI scheme for mobile phones

iPhone maker Apple’s contract manufacturers, as well as firms like Samsung, Lava and Dixon have proposed to produce mobile devices and components of over 11 lakh crore in the next five years under the government’s new scheme to boost electronics manufacturing, according to sources.

The proposals submitted by the companies to the Ministry of Electronics and IT to avail benefits of the Production Link Incentives (PLI) are expected to create 12 lakh employment opportunities — 3 lakh direct and around 9 lakh indirect jobs, a source told PTI.

“Foreign companies that have submitted proposals for the scheme include Samsung, Foxconn Hon Hai, Rising Star, Wistron and Pegatron,” the source said.

Foxconn Hon Hai, Wistron and Pegatron are contract manufacturers for Apple iPhones.

Taiwan-based Pegatron is a new investor in India.

Apple and Samsung account for nearly 60 per cent of global sales revenue of mobile phones.

“In the next five years, mobile phones worth about 9 lakh crore in the category of above 15,000 per unit are expected to be produced as per the proposals submitted by the companies. Mobile phones worth about 2 lakh crore are expected to be produced in the sub- 15,000 category,” the source said.

Export demand of about 7 lakh crore is expected to be met from the proposed production capacities.

Indian companies that have applied under the scheme include Lava, Dixon Technologies, Micromax and Padget Electronics.

“Lava has plans to invest around 800 crore over the next five years under the scheme,” another source aware of the submission said.

The government had notified three schemes on April 1 for the promotion of electronics.

These were schemes for manufacturing of electronic components and semiconductors, modified electronics manufacturing clusters (EMC 2.0) scheme, and production-linked incentive scheme for large scale electronics manufacturing.

These schemes jointly offer incentives of around 50,000 crore over the period of next five years.

Electronics and IT Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney on June 2 had said that the schemes will push mobile production to 8 lakh crore in value terms and exports worth 5.98 lakh crore in the next five years.

Meanwhile, around 8-10 companies have filed applications for component manufacturing which include motherboard maker AT&S, Ascent Circuits, Sahasra and Vitesco.

“They are expected to produce components of over 40,000 crore over the period of next five years under the scheme,” an industry source said.

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