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Xiaomi adds three new manufacturing partners in India for smartphones, smart TVs

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: One of the popular Chinese smartphone makers, Xiaomi, is now planning to expand its manufacturing in India with three more partners, of which, two -DBG and BYD – will set up manufacturing plants for smartphones and Radiant Technology has been collaborated for smart TVs.

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The new partnerships are expected to further increase Mi India’s manufacturing capacity in India, which means 99% of the company’s smartphones will be sold in India and 100% of its televisions will now be manufactured within the country, as per Xiaomi India Head and Global Vice President, Manu Jain.

On the development Manu Kumar Jain, MD, Mi India said, “2020 was an exceptional year, the pandemic led to multiple challenges disrupting the entire global and India supply chain. Despite this, the Mi India team worked together to further expand our local supply chain and manufacturing capability. Being committed to India’s growth, Mi India was one of the first adopters of the Honorable Prime Minister’s Make-in-India initiative, back in 2015. Today we are renewing our commitment by adding new manufacturing partners such as DBG and BYD for smartphones and Radiant technology for smart TVs. Now 99 per cent of our smartphones and 100 per cent of our smart TVs are manufactured in India and the majority of the components for smartphones will be locally manufactured or sourced from India. We hope to play a small role in building India as a global manufacturing hub.”

As per reports, out of the two new manufacturing partners, DBG has already set up a smartphone manufacturing plant in Haryana, while BYD is setting up a plant in Tamil Nadu. Xiaomi India’s partnership with DBG has increased its monthly manufacturing capacity by about 20 per cent. On the other hand, BYD India is also expected to contribute significantly to the production capacity once its operations begin by H1 of 2021.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi has also increasingly sourced smartphone components such as PCBA (motherboard), sub-board, camera module, battery, back panel, USB cable, chargers, boxes and many more components locally which contribute to more than 75 per cent of the value of smartphones. These components are being manufactured by partners such as Sunny India, NVT, Salcomp, LY Tech, Sunvoda to name a few.

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Prior to the Covid induced lockdown, Xiaomi was successfully catering 95 per cent of the smartphone domestic demand via products manufactured in India at its contract manufacturing partner Foxconn and Flex. However, the disruption caused due to the pandemic last year, including lockdowns, shortage of components and more, had increased Mi’s reliance on imports as well. As of now, with the new manufacturing plants in India, Xiaomi is hopeful to cater to 99 per cent of the domestic demand through made-in-India smartphones.

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