The Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi has an obvious tag attached to it, ‘Made in China’. It would come as a surprise to many that 95% of Xiaomi’s phones sold in China are manufactured in India.
Manu Jain, Vice President and Managing Director India, announced the inauguration of another manufacturing plant at Vizag in Andhra Pradesh at a ceremony where the latest Xiaomi Redmi 4A was unveiled.
Jain said the company is proud of having the opportunity to change people’s lifestyles and has created 5000 new employment opportunities with 90% of its workforce comprising of women. The Chinese smartphone brand took a big hit in China as sales dropped by a huge 36% and brands like Oppo, Huawei, Vivo and Apple took the lead with Xiaomi falling to the fifth place in its home ground.
However, with the company completing its two years in the industry soon, it seems their bid of investing in India has paid off as Xiaomi reported in January that it had reached the mark of $1 Billion sales in India.
The Chinese company introduced its first phone in August 2015 and it was then that the company’s international business director and India’s VP had announced the two manufacturing plants. In March 2016 Xiaomi was manufacturing 75% of its phones in India.
According to the company, it is now producing one phone every second in India, during its production hours.