Mobile phone manufacturing plays spoiler

January 22, 2015


In2014, India’s handset production more than halved from the previous year to 58 million. At a time when India is pushing its domestic manufacturing through Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ pitch – and going the extra mile to promote the programme at the Davos summit – the sorry state of mobile handset production in the country could be a major concern.

Domestic manufacturing of mobile phones has lately hit a new record low, and so have exports, mainly because of labour issues at Nokia’s Chennai factory and, eventually, the plant’s closure towards the end of 2014. That India’s mobile handset production dropped by a little more than half in calendar year 2014 – to 58 million units from 130 million a year earlier – seems to suggest the country’s mobile manufacturing story was largely pegged on a single company.


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