- Major phone makers are looking to restart production in India
- The government eased restrictions during the third lockdown announced earlier this month
Xiaomi, Samsung, OPPO, Vivo and other OEMs are ready to restart phone production in India. These companies and more had to shut down factories following the first coronavirus lockdown in the country back in March. The government started lifting restrictions during the third lockdown announced earlier this month. E-commerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart are now able to deliver non-essential products in Orange and Green zones. Even major smartphone makers have begun taking orders online and via tying up with offline retail stores. These companies are now ready to resume manufacturing in the country, The Next Web reports.
Samsung in a statement said that it has restarted production at its Noida factory in a limited capacity.
We have received requisite permissions to restart production at our Noida factory. On Thursday, the factory started limited operations, which will be scaled up over a period of time. Employee safety and well-being remaining our absolute priority, we have ensured that all hygiene and social distancing measures are maintained at the premises, as per government guidelines.
Xiaomi has also confirmed that Foxconn, its manufacturing partner in India, has resumed production at its facility in Andhra Pradesh. Meanwhile, OPPO is planning to restart production at its Greater Noida facility. Vivo has also resumed operations at 30 percent capacity.
With these manufacturing facilities operating at a limited capacities, smartphone production is expected to be slow right now. Brands like Realme say that there has been a surge in orders since the restrictions were lifted and the companies are trying to meet the demands through existing stock. Smartphone sales took a hit in April due to the lockdown, according to Counterpoint Research, but things are expected to start picking up from May, although sales for Q2 as a whole will be poor.