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Apple exceeds Rs 1 trillion iPhone production in FY24, beats PLI target

Three years after it entered the country, Apple Inc, through its three contract manufacturers, has hit a milestone by producing iPhones of over Rs 1 trillion in free-on-board (FOB) value in the first 11 months of the current financial year (2023-24, or FY24).

With this, the Cupertino-headquartered company has surpassed its target of producing Rs 1 trillion worth of iPhones by the fifth year of the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme two years ahead of schedule.

It has also exceeded its target for the third year, in which the eligibility for incentives was fixed at a maximum of Rs 75,000 crore for the three vendors. Apple has surpassed that target by 33 per cent with a month to go in FY24.

A spokesperson for Apple Inc did not respond to queries.

According to estimates, Apple vendors are expected to end FY24 with iPhone production worth Rs 1.1 trillion based on FOB value, which makes India account for 12 per cent of the company’s iPhone production globally.

According to the PLI scheme, each of Apple’s suppliers was required to produce phones worth a minimum of Rs 15,000 crore each in the third year to claim PLI.

Figures at the end of the first 11 months of the current financial year suggest that not only will all three companies exceed the qualifying mark, but they will also cumulatively far exceed the Rs 75,000 crore production limit for which PLI can be granted to the three suppliers. Each company can claim PLI for up to a maximum production of Rs 25,000 crore in the third year.

This ramp-up is also a near 100 per cent growth over what Apple had achieved in the first 11 months of the previous financial year. The acceleration in manufacturing by Apple’s three suppliers makes the iPhone the fastest-growing Made-in-India product. Apple now finds a place among India’s top 10 manufacturing companies in terms of revenue.

According to commitments under the PLI scheme, the revenue generated from the sale of the Rs 1 trillion FOB production of iPhones is close to Rs 1.6 trillion. To put this in perspective, the turnover of Maruti Suzuki India, which was set up in 1982 and has been in operation for 42 years, was Rs 1.19 trillion in 2022-23. In contrast, this is only the third year since Apple’s three suppliers started manufacturing iPhones in India.

According to the data available with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, nearly 70 per cent of the production has been contributed by Foxconn, with Wistron and Pegatron contributing about 15 per cent each.

All three suppliers manufacture multiple models, including iPhones 12, 13, 14, and 15. The latest model was launched in India in September 2023. Nearly 68 per cent of the total production of iPhones in the past 11 months was exported from India.

The fact that the production of iPhones has been in excess of the maximum threshold of the PLI scheme points to the success of the scheme, which was aimed at shifting global value chains to India to create large-scale manufacturing and exports.

Apple has become a case in point for several global companies, such as Tesla, for example, that are now actively looking at India as a potential site for large-scale manufacturing. Business Standard

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