With Apple‘s earnings in India doubling year-on-year, Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron, primary iPhone assembler in India, is scouting for 100 acres of land in Bangalore to expand its facilities.
Though Apple is currently a minor player in India, its potential is huge. CEO Tim Cook said on the earnings call in early November that there was much work to be done to fulfill this potential.
He said he’s confident the company can gain ground, but it will take work on many fronts.”It’s building stores. It’s building channels. It’s building markets. It’s building the developer ecosystem,” he said. “It’s having the right product lineup for the market. And I feel like we’re making good progress there and are gaining understanding of the market, but we still have a long way to go.”
The India government’s Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion wrote to the firm saying it was “actively involved in resolving issues raised by Apple” and the various key departments in charge of vetting these concessions are “positively inclined to the proposal,” according to a document from an official to Apple that was reviewed by Bloomberg News.