Tata to add 45,000 women workers at iPhone plant in Tamil Nadu


Tata to add 45,000 women workers at iPhone plant in Tamil Nadu

Tata Group is planning to multiply the number of employees at its electronics factory in southern India that makes iPhone components. The plant in the industrial town of Hosur in Tamil Nadu state will hire as many as 45,000 women workers within 18 to 24 months as it sets up new production lines.


The factory produces iPhone housings or the cases which hold the device together and currently employs about 10,000 workers, with most of them being women. Spread over more than 500 acres, the Hosur plant recently hired about 5,000 women, including those from the indigenous tribal communities.


Women at the Hosur factory get gross salaries of just over 16,000 rupees ($194) a month. The workers are given free food and lodging within the campus, and it is also planning to provide training and education.


Apart from this, the Tata Group is in talks with Wistron to establish an electronics manufacturing joint venture, seeking to assemble iPhones in India. Adding more local component manufacturing would bolster India’s effort to expand deeper into the technology supply chain.


The Tata Group is among Indian companies that are trying to benefit from Apple diversifying its supply chain beyond China. The country is making inroads with its push to challenge China as it struggles with Covid-related lockdowns and political tensions with the US.


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