After achieving a considerable amount of success in the Indian market since making its debut earlier this year, Xiaomi is now looking into opening a manufacturing facility in the country. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, India head Manu Jain stated that Xiaomi's legal team were investigating the regulatory hurdles involved in setting up a manufacturing plant in the country.
We always thought that our manufacturing would be based out of China. But India is beginning to become so important for us that we started to think whether we should set up our own manufacturing.
Jain added that it would take Xiaomi at least six months to estimate whether a new manufacturing facility in India is feasible. To date, Xiaomi has sold over 500,000 handsets in the country via flash sales on Flipkart, with most sales ending in under five seconds. The main complaint against the vendor has been its inability to meet the sheer demand, which could be rectified by creating a factory in the country.
Xiaomi is trying to diversify as it focuses on international markets, with the vendor's global VP Hugo Barra stating this week that international user data and cloud services would be moved be handled by servers based out of China.
As for upcoming handsets in India, the Redmi Note is said to launch in the country within two months, followed by the Mi 4.
Indian readers, what do you think? Should Xiaomi set up a facility in India to manufacture phones?
Source: Wall Street Journal