Karbonn claims the largest manufacturing unit in India

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A joint venture between Bengaluru based UTL group and New Delhi based Jaina marketing, Karbonn Mobiles, unleashed that they claims to have the largest manufacturing unit in the country. With a production capacity of 30 million handsets per year and spread over 10,000 acres has been operational since March. It has 22 assembly lines and 1,800 employees, who will soon be scaled up to 4,000.

“This is our third operational plant. We already have two manufacturing units in Noida. There is no smartphone manufacturing unit which is bigger than this one in the country, not even Foxconn,” said Pradeep Jain, managing director of Karbonn Mobiles adding to that, that another such factory will not
Karbonn has slowly drifted down IDC and Gartner lists in smartphones business and wants to make a comeback to this market dominated by the like of Micromax, Xiaomi and Samsung.

“The facility is currently manufacturing 1.5 million units in a month which is slated to increase to 2.5 million by the end of 2016,” Shashin Devsare, executive director of Karbonn Mobiles, said. He added that by participating in Make-in-India, the company will be able to pass on more benefits to consumers in terms of bringing newer technologies to market soon, and at more affordable prices.

Devsare also said that the company will soon launch a fourth facility in Tirupati, which will have a surface-mount technology — a first of its kind in India. The company also expects to start manufacturing accessories and batteries by the end of September, 2016.

“We have done native languages support in our phone and have simplified the user interface to push adoption,” he explained adding that the company was planning to push out Indianised VR content.

Karbonn, which started operations in 2009, has till date released 110 smartphones and 245 feature phone.

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