Alphabet Inc is contemplating shifting some manufacturing of Pixel telephones to India following disruptions in China from COVID-19 lockdowns and Beijing’s rising tensions with the United States, the Information reported on Monday, citing a supply.
Alphabet, which didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for remark, has solicited bids from producers in India to make between 500,000 and 1 million Pixel smartphones, equal to 10 per cent to twenty per cent of the estimated annual manufacturing for the machine, based on the report.
The firm’s Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai previewed a plan to fabricate in India earlier this 12 months however a remaining determination has not but been made, the report added. If accepted, India manufacturing operations will nonetheless require import of parts from China.
Alphabet can be contemplating Vietnam as one other manufacturing base, based on Nikkei.
Apple Inc, the corporate’s major smartphone rival, already makes at the least 4 fashions as much as iPhone 13 in India by way of contract manufacturing companions Foxconn and Wistron. It is reportedly contemplating making iPhone 14, the newest mannequin unveiled on Sept. 7, additionally in India.
Global provide chains have been disrupted earlier this 12 months when China locked down key tech hub Shanghai, amongst different cities, on account of a surge in COVID instances. More lately, US banned exports of some high-end chips to China, escalating tensions with the Asian nation.
The firm is ready to launch new Pixel cellphone fashions, and its first smartwatch, at an occasion within the US on Oct. 6.