Chinese mobile company Xiaomi is open to setting up a new manufacturing facility in India, riding high on the demand for its brands. The company, which has two contract mobile production facilities run by Foxconn at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh, is evaluating its plan for a third unit, and is in talks with a number of state governments. Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, Manu Jain, MD, Xiaomi India, said the company which has got 41% market share in online sales of phones is hard pressed to meet the increased demand for its brand of phones.
Though the company is producing one phone every second in the country, it is in need for further ramping up the production capacity. “Yes, we will have to ramp up our production capacity. And we are also open to setting up a new production facility for mobile phones,” he said. The company is in talks with its partner (Foxconn) regarding this.
Jain, however, declined to divulge further details. Jain said the company also sees a big scope for producing non-mobile products such as Mi Notebook Air, Mi TV, smart lighting, air purifier and electric scooter. “We are also open to setting up a manufacturing line for these items, along with the proposed third mobile production plant In India. According to him, the unit could also produce fitness band, power banks, air compressors and routers.
The mobile company is in the process of strengthening its offline presence through exclusive offline retail stores, called Mi Homes, across the country. The first such store was opened in Bengaluru and the next ones will come up in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai. The company is a leading player in the country in online smartphone sales with a share of 41 % and second in overall mobilephone sales with 14.2% share in the first quarter of 2017.