Apple has reached an agreement with the government of the Indian state of Karnataka to begin manufacturing iPhones in Bangalore, according to The Times of India. The Karnataka government announced that it had approved Apple's proposal to "begin initial manufacturing operations" in a press release.
Apple's desire to open a manufacturing center in India began after Prime Minister Narendra Modi began promoting his “Made in India” initiative. Apple's manufacturing partner, Wistron, will make iPhones manufactured in a new plant, according to reports, from the next iPhone 8. In the last couple of months, Apple and Indian officials began the approach of positions for increase the possibilities of manufacturing products locally. Last month, Apple finally decided on facilities based in Karnataka over offers from other Indian states in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana. During the negotiations, it has been said that Apple would be exempt from a series of taxes and would also benefit from another series of incentives, including the possibility of long-term duty exemptions.
The Indian government also claimed to be in talks with Apple for other possible collaborations, but refused to reveal anything that could be discussed. The measure is an important step for Apple, as it intends to consolidate its position in the Asian market in order to access the Indian customer base. This piss is an important piece of the economic cake in Asia for the company digested by Tim Cook, who also sees himself in the tirade of having to keep an eye on the factories that Donald Trump wants the companies to have in the United States and so avoid possible penalties or extraordinary tariffs.
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