TDK Corp, a Japanese company specializing in electronic components, is slated to produce lithium-ion battery cells for Apple iPhones within India, as announced by a minister this week.
This development aligns with Apple’s strategic focus on India as a significant driver for future growth, particularly in the context of diversifying production beyond China. Apple initiated iPhone assembly in India back in 2017, partnering with Wistron initially and later with Foxconn, thereby establishing a network of 14 suppliers across the country.
TDK’s Manufacturing Venture in Haryana Signals Job Boost and Expanding Apple Operations in India
In a bid to bolster this production shift, TDK is set to establish a manufacturing facility in the northern state of Haryana, a move anticipated to generate several thousand jobs, according to Deputy Minister for Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s announcement on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter). The news, initially reported by Business Standard on Sunday, underscores the expanding footprint of Apple’s manufacturing operations in India.
TDK’s Upcoming Facility to Supply Apple with Lithium-ion Battery Cells in India: Job Boost and Clarification
The forthcoming facility by TDK will focus on producing lithium-ion battery cells, and the manufactured cells are slated to be provided to Apple’s designated lithium-ion battery assembler, Sunwoda Electronics, according to the report. Despite reaching out to Apple and TDK Corp for comment, there has been no immediate response to Reuters’ request for clarification. A correction in paragraph 4 emphasizes that the minister has stated that TDK will create several thousand jobs, correcting any potential misunderstanding of the initial estimate around 1,000 jobs.