Lava to shift operations from China to India, invest ₹800 cr in 5 yrs
Homegrown mobile devices maker Lava International on Friday (May 15) said it is shifting its China operations to India following recent policy announcements by the government.
The company plans to invest ₹800 crore over the next five years to scale up its mobile phone development and manufacturing operations in the country.
“We had around 600-650 employees in China for product design. Now we have shifted designing to India. Our sales requirements for India were met from our local plant. We used to partially export mobile phones from China to the rest of the world, which will now happen from India,” Lava International Chairman and Managing Director Hari Om Rai told PTI.
During the lockdown period, Lava met its export demand from China.
“My dream is to export mobile devices to China. Indian companies are already exporting mobile chargers to China. The production linked incentive scheme has ended our disability factor vis-a-vis export from China. Therefore entire operations will now be carried from India,” Rai said.
The government in April notified three schemes involving total incentives of around ₹48,000 crore to boost local electronics manufacturing and create 20 lakh direct and indirect jobs by 2025.
The notification included production linked incentive scheme (PLI). Under the scheme, electronics manufacturing companies will get an incentive of 4 – 6 per cent on incremental sales (over base year) of goods manufactured in India and covered under target segments over a period of five years.
“We are working on a plan to invest ₹800 crore over the next five years to scale up our operations,” Rai said.
The production of mobile phones in the country has surged eight-times in the last four years, from around ₹18,900 crore in 2014-15 to over ₹2 lakh crore in 2019-20. The country’s demand is almost completely met through domestic production.
The government estimates that through the PLI scheme, domestic value addition for mobile phones is expected to rise to 35-40 per cent by 2025 from the current level of 20-25 per cent and generate additional 8 lakh jobs, both direct and indirect.