Perfect time for Apple to manufacture iPhones in India


Apple wants the government to relax labeling rules so that it doesn’t have to print product-related information directly onto devices to avoid cluttering up their minimalist design. That’s one of the concessions Apple has looked for in expressing its intention to start manufacturing in India, one of the official said.

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) sent the iPhone maker’s request to the Department of Revenue and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeITY) in November for give it a thought, said another official. The company manufactures its products in six nations, with most being made in China.

Apple’s distinctive design language is integral to product request appeal and it strives to keep surfaces as free of antiquities as possible. The organization needs to give the product details that are required by law in India as major part of the software of the gadget or on the packaging. The labeling issue will be dealt with by DeITY, the official said.

The organization has also sought tax incentives that are being inspected by the finance ministry. The government as of now provides subsidies for investments in special economic zones keeping in mind the investors. Apple did not react to queries.

The finance ministry had rejected an earlier proposal by Apple to set up completely owned outlets in the nation that sought exemption from the mandatory 30% local sourcing norm. The organization had sought the exclusion on the grounds that it was bringing “state-of-the-art” and “cutting-edge technology,” making it hard to meet the sourcing condition.

During his visit to the nation earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook had said India was its next huge market. PM Narendra Modi had asked Tim Cook to set up factories to make its products in India.

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Sameeksha Bhardwaj, From ITvoir News Desk