Chinese smartphone maker vivo will create over 2,200 jobs at its Greater Noida facility, which will become operational by the end of this month. The company has already invested Rs 125 crore in the first phase for the assembling unit, which will have capacity of over one million phones per month.
"At the end of this month our Greater Noida assembling unit will be operational that will bring over 2,000 jobs for the product lines and around 200 managerial positions also. The maximum capacity will be one million units per month," vivo Global CMO and India CEO Alex Feng told PTI.
The company has already been hiring people for the unit. Feng said there are several stages of investment and for the first phase of assembling, the company has invested Rs 125 crore. "Second phase investment will be made early next year for R&D and even manufacturing.
We have to identify the quantum of amount we will be investing," Feng added. Many Indian and international handset players like Lenovo, Gionee, Micromax and Intex among others have already started manufacturing in India while many others have evinced interest in doing so.
The government is also offering various incentives like capital subsidy and tax benefits on setting up local units. The company, which entered the Indian market in December last year, is selling around one lakh units per month. The Shenzhen-headquartered company plans to increase the service centres to 200 by the end of next year.
It has 30 service centres, at present, and over 10,000 outlets across 100 cities of the country. The company also employ its own staff at the retail outlets and the current staff strength for the same stands at 7,000. The company is only selling its device offline.
Asked if it is considering to embrace the online medium also, Feng said it is not planned in near future as the company wants its customers to get a feel of the device before making a purchase. The company said it has presence in over 100 countries across the globe and last year forayed into markets Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.