Is India Overtaking China As U.S.'s Manufacturing Hub? Narendra Modi Says It's About India's Rightful Global Position

Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes that U.S. companies looking to move their global manufacturing supply chains to the country isn’t a conscious move to upend China but simply “India gaining its rightful position in the world.”

What Happened? In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Modi clarifies that India’s rise as a destination for global manufacturing is not about supplanting any country.

He acknowledges that the world is more interconnected and interdependent than ever before. To build resilience in this context, Modi advocates for increased diversification in supply chains.

Setting the context: Amid increasing geopolitical tension and the urgent need for supply chain diversification for global companies, India is emerging as a promising destination for multinational corporations. Among the frontrunners capitalizing on this shift is tech giant Apple, which, along with supplier Foxconn, is making significant new investments in southern India.

See also: Apple Plans To Add At Least 3 More Flagship Stores In India As Part Of Its Retail Expansion Blueprint

The states of Karnataka, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu are witnessing an expansion of iPhone production facilities, a testament to India’s growing prominence in the global manufacturing landscape.

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Apple’s iPhone exports from India reportedly surged ₹10,000 crore in May this year. In April and May 2023, smartphone exports crossed ₹20,000 crore, more than double ( ₹9,066 crore) in the same period last year, according to data provided by the India Cellular and Electronics Association.

The export of Apple iPhone from India escalated nearly four times to cross $5 billion (₹40,984 crore) in FY2023 as the company ramped up local production of its devices.

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