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Karnataka Industries Minsiter urges Centre to back Apple to help it realize its Bengaluru project

Wistron has an existing facility at Peenya, an industrial suburb near Bengaluru, and is briskly ramping up its manufacturing capacity in anticipation of an early deal from the Cupertino-based smartphone maker.

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Updated: Feb 13, 2017, 11.39 PM IST
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BENGALURU: Karnataka’s Industries & Infrastructure Minister R.V.Deshpande on Monday urged the Centre to process Apple Inc., requests faster so that Bengaluru will be able to get the technology giant’s iPhone manufacturing unit at the earliest.

“I wish to welcome Apple to Make in India, that too in Bengaluru,” the Minister said, speaking at the Make in India conference, organized by the State Government, the Centre and the CII. “I request Government of India to provide all assistance to them,” he said, in obvious reference to the incentives and concessions the iPhone maker is demanding from the Centre, in addition to relaxation of clauses like waiver of local sourcing.

Apple has plans to assemble iPhones in Bengaluru in collaboration with the Taiwanese original design manufacturer Wistron Corporation, at Peenya industrial area. It has plans to step up production in phase two by sourcing components from local manufacturers.

Wistron has an existing facility at Peenya, an industrial suburb near Bengaluru, and is briskly ramping up its manufacturing capacity in anticipation of an early deal from the Cupertino-based smartphone maker. The Taiwanese firm is making investments on the back of a green signal from Apple, sources say.

Karnataka has, over the last decade, transformed itself into a high tech manufacturing hub with a host of companies in 3D printing, nanotechnology, robotics and internet of things, the Minister said, speaking at the conference.

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