China’s Xiaomi has produced its first batch of smartphones in Vietnam, the corporate stated on Thursday, because it seeks to develop its foothold in Southeast Asia.
The gadgets have been produced at a manufacturing unit within the province of Thai Nguyen, north of the capital Hanoi, the corporate stated in an emailed assertion. The plant is operated by Xiaomi’s associate, DBG Know-how.
Vietnam has lately turn into a regional manufacturing hub for international electronics makers. The export worth of smartphones from the nation, principally produced by Samsung Electronics, rose 12.4 % final 12 months to $57.5 billion (roughly Rs. 4,55,070 crore).
Xiaomi stated the primary batch of its smartphones made in Vietnam had been despatched to a neighborhood distributor, including it could quickly export smartphones to different Southeast Asian markets, together with Malaysia and Thailand.
The corporate didn’t present additional particulars on its manufacturing capability in Vietnam.
Xiaomi just isn’t the one firm seeking to enhance manufacturing exterior of China. Final month, Apple started shifting some iPad manufacturing to Vietnam because of ongoing provide chain disruptions — the primary time that the Cupertino firm shifted manufacturing of its iPad fashions out of China. One of many main causes for Apple to maneuver its iPad manufacturing to Vietnam is to beat the restrictions that emerged because of strict COVID-19 lockdowns in Shanghai and different cities of the nation.
Over the previous decade, South Korean smartphone large Samsung has already shifted a lot of its smartphone manufacturing to Vietnam, the place it makes over 50 % of its telephones and has to this point seen little manufacturing disruption. Its Gumi manufacturing unit in South Korea — which was briefly shut down throughout the pandemic in 2020 — makes up for a small portion of its complete output.