[https://crunchbase.com/organization/vivo-2]Samsung, Oppo and other smartphone
companies have received approval from some state governments in India to
partially resume manufacturing and assembling of devices amid the ongoing
lockdown in the world?s second largest handset market that completely shut
operations at these plants in late March.
The companies said that they have secured permission to kick start their
manufacturing operations in the country, though several restrictions such as
operating with limited workforce are still in place. (The federal government
allowed the resumption of smartphone production earlier this month, but state
governments have the final say on whether the local conditions are safe enough
to enforce the relaxation.)
New Delhi?s decision comes days after it extended the lockdown by two weeks
earlier this month but eased some restrictions to revive economic activity
that?s been stalled since the stringent stay-at-home orders were imposed across
the nation in late March.
The coronavirus outbreak has severely disrupted several businesses. India did
not see any handset sale last month, according to research firm Counterpoint.
Counterpoint estimated that the smartphone shipments in India will decline by
10% this year,?compared to a 8.9% growth in 2019?and 10% growth in 2018.
Every top smartphone maker in India has either established its own manufacturing
plant or partnered with contract vendors to produce units locally in recent
years to avail the tax benefits that New Delhi offers.
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