Foxconn reportedly plans to nearly double the number of employees at its Chennai plant in order to increase production of iPhone models for Indian consumers.
The Indian newspaper Economic Times reports that Apple has received government approval to perform “denotifying” procedures. Foxconn’s Chennai plant is located in a special economic zone (SEZ), which entails both advantages and disadvantages.
As long as this production is for local consumption within what is known as the domestic tariff area, a denotified region can be used for expanded production (DTA).
“The expansion has been in the works,” an unnamed source told the publication. As a result, “part of their premises have been notified to ramp up production, for which they need to increase their workforce.”
Foxconn has set aside 40 acres to accommodate the new production facilities. Foxconn has yet to make an official announcement about when the new production facility will begin operations.
Employee protests over living conditions at Foxconn’s Sriperumbudur iPhone plant resulted in Apple placing the plant on probation earlier this year.
According to a report published earlier today, iPhone production in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou is still “proceeding well,” despite the fact that lockdowns and other restrictions have been imposed in the area where the plant is located.