Beijing (PingWest)—Foxconn, the major supplier of Apple, said Wednesday that its production in India has been suspended until at least April 14 to comply with a nationwide lockdown ordered by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Prime Minister ordered a complete lockdown for the country with a population of 1.3 billion, starting from Wednesday, and will run for 21 days.
India is an iPhone production hub for Foxconn, in addition to China, where the Taiwanese company employs more than 1 million workers in its sprawling production bases.
Meanwhile, China’s major Android smartphone vendors, including Xiaomi Corp, Oppo and Vivo, have suspended manufacturing operations in India to be in line with the lockdown order.
“In the worst-case scenario, the Indian smartphone market could see a 4.2 per cent decline in 2020,” said Nicole Peng, vice-president of mobility advisory services at Canalys.
As the pandemic in China has shown signs of easing, the manufacturer's production in China has been gradually restored.
Terry Gou, the founder of Foxconn, has said that resumption of production at its Chinese factories has “exceeded expectations” after they were shut due to the coronavirus outbreak.
However, the prospect is still not that promising, as the novel coronavirus is raging across the world. Gou warned that weak consumer demand as a result of the coronavirus could be a problem going forward, especially in the US, saying: “In the United States, what we are worried about is the market. If production was resumed quickly but consumers stop spending...that would be key to the economic recovery.”