Inventec might manufacture Xiaomi devices in Chennai : Report

mi 3 xiaomiInventec Corporation, a Taiwan-originated original device manufacturer (ODM) specialising in laptops, mobiles, and servers, will reportedly soon set up a production line at a leased factory in Chennai, India, with production set to start at the end of the Q2 2015, or the start of Q3 2015.

For the next couple of years, the Chennai factory is¬†visualizing to meet Inventec’s production demand. Digitimes quotes the company to report the move, but there is not further official announcement by Inventec has been made available.

Even it has also not been revealed as what exactly will be produced in the Chennai factory, but it is Inventec is speculated to be making smartphones and other devices for China’s Apple – Xiaomi. It will prove to be a big help by the firm’s manufacturing of Xiaomi smartphones in India as for the Chinese smartphone maker currently facing a number of difficulties in shipping millions of units across the border for its flash sales in India.

Interestingly, Hugo Barra, theVice President at Xiaomi in November last year revealed that “the company has plans to start production in India within the next two years, and the report that one of its biggest suppliers, Inventec, is starting production in India falls in-line with those claims.”

Meanwhile, Xiaomi’s other major supplier for smartphones, Foxconn, in late-December had shut operations at its Chennai plant, and as the reason for the closure, had brought a change in its customer base . While this cannot yet be confirmed, Inventec may set up shop at the same factory.

The news about Inventec’s production set up in India comes a week after Xiaomi India Head Manu Jain confirmed that the company is in the process of signing the lease on a facility in Bengaluru, which will be the R&D unit. This will also be Xiaomi’s first R&D unit outside China.

The Digitimes report further stated Richard Lee, Inventec chairman to say this year the firm hopes shipments of OEM/ ODM devices to reach 100 million units, up 33 percent from the 75 million units shipped last year.

Furthermore, Lee said that in 2015 smartphone shipments will surge to 60 million units, up from last year’s 55 million, and PC products shipments, this year including notebooks will reach 24-25 million as compared to last year’s 20 million units.

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