Foxconn Will Make Google Pixel 8 In Chennai Factory; Foxconn Already Makes iPhones In India


Mohul Ghosh

Mohul Ghosh

May 24, 2024


In a significant boost to Tamil Nadu’s ambitions of becoming an advanced technology manufacturing hub, Google is expected to commence the production of its Pixel phones and drones in the state. This development follows a series of high-profile meetings and signals a broader trend of tech giants diversifying their manufacturing bases away from China.

Foxconn Will Make Google Pixel 8 In Chennai Factory; Foxconn Already Makes iPhones In India

Investment and Job Creation

Reports indicate that Google may invest billions of dollars in this initiative, although specifics regarding the investment amount and potential job creation remain unclear. Initially, Google’s high-end Pixel 8 Pro phones are likely to be manufactured at Foxconn’s unit in Kancheepuram, near Chennai. This move is part of a larger trend of global tech companies, such as Apple, relocating production from China due to geopolitical tensions and seeking alternative manufacturing hubs like India.

Drone Manufacturing by Wing LLC

In addition to smartphones, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, may start manufacturing drones through its subsidiary, Wing LLC, in Tamil Nadu. Wing LLC currently provides drone delivery services in the United States, Europe, and Australia. The company’s flagship drones can carry payloads of up to 2.5 pounds (1.13 kg), but the new models will handle up to five pounds (2.26 kg) without compromising range. This expansion into drone manufacturing represents another strategic effort by Google to leverage India’s growing technological and manufacturing capabilities.

Tamil Nadu’s Investment Attraction

The decision to localize production in Tamil Nadu follows a delegation visit led by Tamil Nadu’s industry minister TRB Rajaa and other officials to meet with Google executives in the United States. This move underscores the state’s proactive approach in attracting substantial investments. The DMK government has successfully brought in investments worth ₹8.61 lakh crore during its three-year tenure, showcasing its commitment to economic development and industrial growth.

Recent Key Investments in Tamil Nadu

Google’s anticipated investments are part of a broader trend of significant investments in Tamil Nadu’s technology and manufacturing sectors. Recent key investments include:

  • VinFast: Investing $2 billion to establish an integrated electric vehicle facility in Thoothukudi.
  • Tata Motors: Committing $1 billion to set up a plant for manufacturing Jaguar Land Rover cars in Ranipet.
  • Corning: Investing ₹1,000 crore to establish a cover glass manufacturing facility near Kancheepuram.
  • Foxconn: Signing an agreement to invest ₹1,600 crore in a new mobile component manufacturing unit.
  • Tata Electronics: Planning to invest ₹7,000 crore to expand its existing plant in Hosur.

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