India is currently the second biggest smartphone market in the world. This country has seen a huge rise in smartphone sales over the next couple of year, and actually has the potential to catch up to China at some point. India’s growth-rate is quite staggering, and that has attracted a number of world-famous smartphone OEMs to sell their handsets in that Asian country. Many companies have started selling devices in India in the last couple of years, including Xiaomi, Motorola, Lenovo, etc.
That being said, India has started a ‘Make in India’ program a while back, which offers smartphone manufacturers a whole bunch of incentives to manufacture their devices in the country. A number of OEMs have already announced that they’ll start doing so, and some of them have already kicked off the project, like Xiaomi for example. This China-based smartphone OEM has already manufactured one smartphone in India, and has also started selling it, the Redmi 2 Prime.
Speaking of which, two additional smartphone manufacturing companies have just started manufacturing devices in India as well, Lenovo and Motorola. The two companies have announced that they’ve started manufacturing devices at Sriperumbudur near Chennai. These two companies have separate lines with a combined annual capacity of 6 million units. Motorola has actually already started rolling out two variants of Moto E handset from said plant, and Lenovo K3 Note is next in line.
“Lenovo is not new to manufacturing in India. We recognised the potential of India and we invested in PC manufacturing several years ago. Lenovo’s investment in the new manufacturing plant represents the potential we see in the Indian market and our long-term commitment to our customers,” said Chen Xudong, President of MBG Group, Lenovo and Chairman of Motorola Mobility’s operating board. Lenovo India’s Amar Babu, added the following: “The Indian Government’s thrust on ‘Make in India’ has opened up a plethora of opportunities for organizations looking to conduct business in India. Currently for smartphones, India is the third largest smartphone market in the world, according to IDC and we believe this an opportune time.”
There you have it, Lenovo and Motorola have officially started manufacturing devices in India. Vivo, Oppo, HTC, Sony, Asus… and a number more OEMs will join Xiaomi, Lenovo and Motorola soon enough.