TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Amazon India will begin local production of its devices for the first time in an effort to reduce its reliance on China.
By working with a subsidiary of Taiwan's Foxconn, Cloud Network Technology, Amazon will operate in Chennai to manufacture Fire TV Sticks, which are popular devices used to stream shows on smart TVs. Production is said to start later this year, according to its website.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, India's minister of electronics and information technology, communications, and law and justice, stated: “We welcome Amazon’s decision to set up a manufacturing line in Chennai, as it will enhance domestic production capacities, and create jobs as well. This will further our mission of creating an Atmanirbhar Bharat which is digitally empowered.”
Amazon's transition to domestic production parallels the Indian government's effort to become more self-sufficient following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the nation. One of the expected outcomes is to give India a competitive edge in the global economy.
The e-commerce giant is not the first tech company to set up operations in India. Samsung Electronics Co., Apple Inc., and various others have already made the move.