In a statement Apple Inc said, Wistron Corp, one of its suppliers, will restart its operations at its southern Indian factory, which was shutdown late last year.
Apple uses Wistron to assemble its second-generation iPhone SEs in the plant; it said, its staff and independent auditors had been working for the last eight weeks to ensure that all systems and processes were in place at the factory in the Narasapura industrial area of Karnataka state.
“As Wistron begins the process of hiring team members and restarting their operations, everyone at the facility will undergo a new training program to ensure they understand their rights and how they can raise any concerns,” said
In a separate statement, Wistron said “it was working hard to raise standards and fix issues at the factory.” It also mentioned that it had paid all workers and had introduced new hiring and payroll systems.
“We are looking forward to restarting our operations and welcoming back team members,” said Wistron, without giving a timeline.
While neither Wistron nor Apple commented when production would resume at the plant, according to three officials from the government, who declined to be named since they were not authorized to speak to the media, operations could begin as early as next week.
According to one of the sources, “Wistron would gradually ramp up production at the factory over the next few weeks”.
Apple, which began to assemble its first iPhone model in India in 2017 through Wistron has since expanded its manufacturing footprint in the country with Foxconn and Pegatron.