DataWind sets up manufacturing facility in Hyderabad

DataWind sets up manufacturing facility in Hyderabad

To enhance the vision of the ‘Make in India’ campaign, DataWind today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Telangana to set up a new manufacturing facility in Hyderabad. The new facility is the second manufacturing plant by the Canadian company in India after it kick-started the local manufacturing of its devices in Amritsar last year.

The establishment of the new manufacturing facility is expected to generate 500 jobs in the first phase of its operations in Hyderabad. It will start production of new DataWind smartphones and tablets within 90 days, with a capacity of produce 20 lakh units per annum.

“We are happy that the company who connected the forgotten billions to the digital age has decided to put up their manufacturing unit in Hyderabad,” said Jayesh Rajan, IT Secretary, Telangana, in a statement. “This will boost the industrial scenario of the state and shall generate ample employment opportunities. DataWind mission is in line with our Telangana govt. mission, to provide internet to each and every household in the state.”

The MoU was signed between Informational Technology Electronics and Communications (ITE&C) Department, Government of Telangana, and the DataWind Innovations Private Limited in the presence of Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, Canada and Jupally Krishna Rao, Minister of Industries and Commerce, Telangana. It is aimed to develop a mobile manufacturing ecosystem in Telangana state.

DataWind manufacturing facility in Hyderabad

DataWind now has a manufacturing facility in Hyderabad

“We are excited to announce the expansion of our operations in Telangana,” said Suneet Singh Tuli, president and chief executive officer, DataWind. “In addition to empowering citizens with affordable technology and internet access, we are committed to the communities where we operate by generating local jobs.”

The new manufacturing facility will help Mississauga, Ontario-headquartered DataWind cater the growing demand of its affordable devices in the country.

Speaking on the new development, KT Rama Rao, Minister of IT, Electronics and Communication, said: “We are glad that out of all the states, DataWind has chosen Hyderabad Government is encouraging manufacturing companies and developing manufacturing hubs in and around Hyderabad. The DataWind plant not only contribute to the economic development of the state but also helps in skilling the youth and creating enormous job opportunities in the region.”

DataWind isn’t the only technology company that has established its manufacturing facility in Hyderabad. Last year, Foxconn set up its first unit in Telangana’s capital. Xiaomi and Lenovo were emerged as the two Chinese companies to utilise the investment made by the Taiwanese manufacturer and started local manufacturing of their devices in the country.

But as DataWind has a record of bringing some ultra-affordable devices, it makes some distinction from the previous developments. The Tuli-led company recently launched two of its new smartphones with free unlimited internet access under Rs. 4,000 in the country. Also, it brought some low-cost tablets in the recent past to take on the competition.

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