Production of Apple's flagship iPhone devices at its Chennai facility in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu came to a halt due to a fire incident. This facility is operated by Apple supplier Pegatron, and as per a report from news agency Reuters, the Taiwanese company was compelled to cancel the first two shifts of the new week. However, Pegatron has not yet communicated to its assembly workers whether they will be required to work the third shift of the day or not.
According to Pegatron's statement to the publication, they confirmed that there was a spark incident, which is currently under control. The company also asserted that this incident does not carry significant financial or operational implications for them.
This development highlights the disruptions faced by key Apple suppliers and their manufacturing processes. As per available information, the fire incident appears to be contained, but its impact on the ongoing production schedule remains a subject of concern.
The Taiwanese company's decision regarding the resumption of the third shift will likely depend on a comprehensive assessment of the situation, taking into account safety measures and operational considerations.
However, Pegatron, as one of Apple's prominent suppliers plays a crucial role in the global supply chain for the tech giant's popular products. Any interruptions in its manufacturing processes can have ripple effects, potentially affecting the availability of Apple devices in the market. Therefore, observers are closely monitoring the situation for further updates and insights into its implications for both Pegatron and Apple.
"There are no injuries, no casualties nor damage to other assets. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation by (the) relevant authority," Pegatron said.
Notably, Pegatron commenced iPhone assembly in India in September of the previous year. Encouraged by the success of its operations, the company is currently in discussions to establish a second manufacturing facility for Apple in close proximity to the existing one in Tamil Nadu.
Apple has shown a strong commitment to expanding its presence in the Indian market. Its journey into iPhone assembly within India began in 2017, first with Wistron and later with Foxconn.
According to reports, the Cupertino-based tech giant has ambitious plans to significantly increase its investments in the country, with an estimated commitment of approximately $40 billion over the next four to five years.
Beyond the current scope of iPhone manufacturing and assembly, Apple is broadening its horizons.
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