Apple’s key supplier Jabil Inc has reportedly started manufacturing AirPods components in India and meanwhile, began shipping AirPods’ enclosures or plastic bodies to China and Vietnam.
With this, India will be able to produce both iPhones and AirPods. According to Bloomberg, Apple is shifting its manufacturing base to India as a result of US trade restrictions and COVID-related disruptions in China. According to the website, Jabil’s Indian unit is an 858,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Pune. It employs over 2,500 people in the country. The news comes nearly two weeks after 14 Chinese Apple suppliers received preliminary approval from the Centre to set up assembly plants in India. Luxshare Precision Industry, Sunny Optical Technology Group, Han’s Laser Technology Industry Group, and Shenzhen YUTO Packaging Technology are among them.