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Foxconn, Pegatron suspend iPhone production in India’s Chennai as Cyclone Michaung advances: report

The Taiwanese company has been expanding its presence in the South Asian country fast as Apple looks to shift some production away from China.

People stand ashore while waves lash over the Kovalam beach as cyclone Michaung is expected to make landfall, in Chennai on December 3, 2023. (Photo by R. SATISH BABU/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

TAIWANESE electronics companies Foxconn and Pegatron have stopped production of Apple iPhones at their plants near the southern Indian city of Chennai due to heavy rain, Reuters reported citing four informed sources on Monday (4).

The city, which is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu, a major electronics and manufacturing hub in India, has witnessed heavy downpour over the weekend sweeping away cars and closing down the airport as Cyclone Michaung closed in before making a landfall in the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh.

Foxconn, which employs about 35,000 people at its iPhone plant in Tamil Nadu, was yet to take a call on resuming production on Tuesday (5), the sources added. The cyclone is expected to make landfall the same day.

Read: Parked cars swept away like toys as heavy rain causes flood in Chennai

The Taiwanese company has been expanding its presence in the South Asian country fast as Apple looks to shift some production away from China. The former is investing in manufacturing locations in the southern parts of India.

The US multinational company has registered its biggest ever quarterly shipments from India in the quarter ending September at more than 2.5 million units, data from Counterpoint Research, a market analytics firm, has shown.

Read: Five dead in Chennai as India braces for Cyclone Michaung

For Pegatron, this is the second time in recent months that it has been forced to close its factory, having temporarily halted assembly of iPhones in September, following a fire.

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