December 4, 2020

Samsung might transfer a part of smartphone manufacturing to India, plans to make gadgets price $40 billion

NEW DELHI: Samsung might shift a serious a part of its smartphone manufacturing to India from Vietnam and different nations with the South Korean electronics main finalising plans to provide gadgets price over $40 billion (Rs three lakh crore) within the nation, folks accustomed to the matter stated.

“Samsung is prone to diversify its manufacturing strains for making smartphones to India below the PLI (Manufacturing Linked Incentive) scheme and this can have an effect in its present capabilities throughout numerous nations like Vietnam,” an individual accustomed to the matter informed ET.

Vietnam is the world’s second-largest exporter of smartphones after China. In line with folks accustomed to the matter, Samsung has submitted estimates of creating smartphones price over $40 billion to the federal government within the subsequent 5 years (below the PLI scheme). Out of this, telephones with manufacturing unit value of over $200 might account for over $25 billion. “…most of telephones manufactured on this class will probably be exported,” a senior authorities official stated.

Samsung didn’t reply to ET’s queries.

Transfer might Assist India Plug FTA Gaps

Authorities officers stated Samsung’s transfer would additionally assist plug a serious loophole in India’s efforts to seek out methods to eschew low-cost imports from Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nations to India, owing to the Free Commerce Settlement the nation has with the buying and selling block.


The corporate runs its largest cell phone manufacturing unit on this planet in Noida, from the place it additionally exports to different markets. The corporate presently makes roughly 50% of its telephones in Vietnam, as per trade estimates. It’s within the means of winding down manufacturing in South Korea, the place labour prices are excessive. As well as, it has manufacturing bases in Brazil and Indonesia.

As soon as Samsung’s transfer fructifies, the corporate will be a part of iconic smartphone main Apple, which can be within the means of shifting a key a part of its manufacturing line for smartphones to India. The worldwide smartphone export market is about $270 billion. By worth, Apple has a 38% market share and Samsung 22%. By quantity, Samsung has 20% and Apple 14%.

On August 1, communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had introduced that 22 firms — together with Samsung, Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron — had filed their functions below the PLI scheme, which is aimed toward weaning away world producers from nations like China and Vietnam. All of Apple’s three contract producers — Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron — have utilized to take advantages of the PLI scheme and are shifting manufacturing from locations like China to India.

The market dimension of smartphones in India in 2019 was round Rs 2 lakh crore, and based on trade physique India Mobile & Electronics Affiliation’s estimates, a $200 cellphone at manufacturing unit value sells at over $300 plus, relying on the model. Such telephones represent 20% of the smartphone market in worth and below 10% by quantity.

Specialists added that that is the class for which overseas producers can avail PLI incentives, and thus most smartphones which will probably be produced on this value phase will probably be exported. At current, $200 plus manufacturing unit value telephones account for simply 2% of the South Korean firm’s exports from India.