It's being reported this morning that the Indian unit of Jabil Inc. has begun shipping AirPods enclosures to China and Vietnam, where the wireless earphones are assembled, a Bloomberg report said, citing people familiar with the matter. With this, AirPods would be the second Apple product after the iPhone to be partially manufactured in the country, according to Bloomberg.
US manufacturing services provider Jabil operates a 858,000 square foot (80,000 square meter) facility employing more than 2,500 workers in Pune, according to its website.
The development comes after Apple in October had reportedly asked its suppliers to move some AirPods and Beats headphone production to India.
While India is still some time away from getting Apple to fully manufacture AirPods locally, New Delhi has given initial clearances to more than a dozen of its Chinese suppliers to ramp up via joint ventures with Indian partners. Luxshare Precision Industry Co Ltd., one of Apple’s Chinese suppliers which makes AirPods, is among the companies gaining that approval. Luxshare in 2020 agreed to take over a shuttered Motorola plant in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state, but is yet to begin manufacturing Apple products locally.
Luxshare in 2020 agreed to take over a shuttered Motorola plant in Tamil Nadu, but is yet to begin manufacturing Apple products locally.
“Making enclosures is typically the first step for full-fledged production of AirPods,” said Neil Shah, vice president of research at Counterpoint. “Now that Apple has won initial approval for some suppliers including Luxshare, they are obviously building a supply chain for the end product.” For more, read the full Bloomberg report.