The company became the first company to export phones worth $1 billion from India, while Samsung came second.

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The iPhone maker has become the first company from India to export smartphones worth $1 billion (Rs 8,100 crore) in a month, a report said. India exported the highest number of mobile phones in December, worth Rs. 10,000 crores gone.

Apple and Samsung have been the major mobile exporters with Samsung at the top. But in November, Apple overtook Samsung to become the biggest exporting company from India. It currently manufactures the iPhone 12, 13, 14 and 14+ in India. The phones are manufactured by three contract manufacturers Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron. The report added that some other smaller exporters also export iPhones.

Both Foxconn and Pegatron have manufacturing facilities located in Tamil Nadu. Wistron’s facility is in Karnataka. They are participants of the Centre’s Production Linked Incentive Scheme. Government officials told ET that if Samsung’s production units were operating at full capacity, the total exports would have been higher. It was shut down for about 15 days in December for routine maintenance.

This achievement is being seen as a success of PLI scheme.

“Mobile exit is the beacon of visionary PLI schemes of the government. The reduction in input tariffs starting from the next Union Budget is key to making India’s smartphone exports competitive and growing. “We are requesting the government to come up with a similar scheme for components, wearables and wearables as well,” Pankaj Mahendru, chairman of the India Cellular and Electronics Association, told ET. According to commerce ministry data, electronics goods exports are set to reach $16.67 billion in April-December 2022, up 51.56 per cent from $10.99 billion in the previous year.

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