Electronics maker Foxconn broke ground this week on a new manufacturing site in India.
The company plans to invest $500 million in a facility in the state of Telangana, according to tweets from Telangana’s minister for industries, K.T. Rama Rao. A ministry account described the addition as being for Foxconn Interconnect Technology.
The facility is expected to create 25,000 jobs in its first phase of construction, according to Rao.
Taiwan-based Foxconn is a major supplier to Apple, as well as Dell, Cisco, Microsoft and other computing giants. The company did not respond to Supply Chain Dive’s request for more details on the facility and what it will produce.
The groundbreaking follows reports from late last year that Apple plans to shift more production out of China to other countries, including India.
In recent years, Foxconn has also had numerous reasons to expand production outside of China.
The company's Zhengzhou, China factory became the site of worker unrest last November after the facility went into a restrictive lockdown to stamp out a COVID-19 outbreak. Lockdowns at Foxconn's business park caused delays in Apple's product shipments at the time as its assembly facility worked under limited capacity.
In December, with disruption to operations in China slowing iPhone production, Apple told suppliers to prepare to move more assembly for the tech giant to other countries, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.
In March, Reuters reported that Foxconn won an order to make AirPods for Apple and planned to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to build a factory in India to manufacture the headphones.
Apple CEO Tim Cook told analysts earlier this month that “we’re investing all over the world" in response to a question about moving more of the company's supply base out of China.
“We’re investing in the U.S.,” Cook added. “We’re investing in a number of other countries as well.”