Lenovo and Motorola at a press briefing in India today have announced that both companies will start smartphone manufacturing in India as their commitment to Make In India campaign. The Motorola Moto E and Lenovo K3 Note will now be manufactured at the Chennai plant in India. While Moto E has already started being manufactured at the plant, the K3 Note will follow soon.
Furthermore, for the current financial year, Motorola and Lenovo will generate a capacity of 6 million units. Lenovo and Motorola both will have separate manufacturing lines at the same facility in Chennai.
The company said that both Lenovo and Motorola will have separate manufacturing lines at the same facility.The plant will house 1500 employees for manufacturing lines, quality assurance, and product testing.The current capacity of the plant is 6 million units for the current financial year, the company said. The plant is the only plant outside China, which will manufacture smartphones for both the brands.
Amar Babu, COO, Asia Pacific and chairman of Lenovo India said that the company expects its partner to source about 30% components locally. “We are talking to government to improve availability of components locally to improve the total value of devices.”
Chen Xudong, President MBG group, Lenovo and chairman Motorola Mobility operation board said that Lenovo is bullish on the Indian market and aspires to be the leader in the market.
Both Lenovo and Motorola have started integrating the manufacturing and supply chain operations and are working towards to combining many back-end operations as well.
“Lenovo is not new to manufacturing in India. We recognized the potential of India and we invested in PC manufacturing several years ago. Lenovo’s investment in the new manufacturing plant represents the potential we see in the Indian market and out long term commitment to our customers. In the past ten years, our brand has grown manifold in India. We are excited to expand our presence and tap into India’s competent talent pool that will enable us to develop cutting-efge products for our customers across the world,” said Chen Xudong, President MBG Group, Lenovo and Chairman Motorola Mobility Operating Board.