We’ve gotten used to hearing the “from China” suffix after Xiaomi.
But that cannot be true anymore in India. Today, the Chinese giant revealed that over 95 percent of the Xiaomi smartphones
being sold in India were made in India.
Manu Jain, vice president and managing director of Xiaomi
India, declared it while announcing Xiaomi’s new manufacturing plant in Vizag, a coastal city in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, and its latest phone – Redmi 4A.
“We have been able to create employment for more than 5,000 people. Over 90 percent of workforce are women,” Manu tweeted.
In China, Xiaomi’s home turf, it took a big hit with the smartphone sales falling by -36 percent. It fell to the fifth spot in the smartphone sales chart, with Oppo, Huawei, Vivo, and Apple
ahead. But its bet on India seems to have paid off. In January, Xiaomi
announced that it crossed the US$1 billion revenue mark in India. This came within two years of its launch in the country.
In August 2015, Hugo Barra, the public face of the company, and Manu had announced the opening of Xiaomi’s first manufacturing plant in Vizag.
locally is a significant step towards incorporating Xiaomi
into the fabric of India in the years to come,” Hugo had declared while unveiling Xiaomi’s first smartphone to be made in India – Redmi 2 Prime.
By March 2016, over 75 percent of Xiaomi
phones that were being sold in India were made in its plant in India, the company announced today. With two plants running now, Xiaomi
would be making one phone every second during its operational hours, the company announced today.
Last month, Xiaomi
launched in Pakistan.
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