Apple is asking suppliers to move production of some AirPods and Beats headphones to India for the first time, in a win for the South Asian nation as it struggles to move up the global supply chain. The Nikkei Asia Review reports: The move is part of Apple’s gradual diversification away from China as it seeks to reduce the risk of supply chain disruptions stemming from the country’s strict zero-spread policy for COVID-19 and tensions with the U.S. Apple is in talks with a number of its suppliers to increase production in India, including key speaker devices, as early as next year, three people familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia. In response, iPhone assembler Foxconn is preparing to make Beats headphones in the country and hopes to eventually make AirPods there as well, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Luxshare Precision Industry and its affiliates, which already manufacture AirPods in Vietnam and China, also plan to help Apple make the popular wireless headphones in India, the sources said. However, Luxshare is focusing more on its Vietnamese AirPods operations for now and may be slower than its rivals to start substantial production of Apple products in India, one of the people said. Moving production of AirPods and Beats to India would boost Apple’s production in the country following the recent announcement that the latest iPhone is already being made there. In 2017, Apple began making some older iPhone models in India with smaller supplier Wistron, but only ramped up production last year.

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