BANGALORE, India South Korea’s Samsung Electronics is considering construction of a manufacturing plant here to make wireless handsets.
According to a Reuters report from Seoul on Wednesday (Sept. 14), a location has not been decided, but Noida near New Delhi or Mumbai in western India were rumored to be candidates.
If true, Samsung would be the first major electronics manufacturer in either city. So far, there is little manufacturing in India.
With 63 million mobile phone users and 250,000 new subscribers each month, India is the world's fastest-growing wireless services market. Nokia has started work on a wireless handset manufacturing facility near Chennai in southern India while Korea manufacturer LG, has also started work at a similar facility in Ranjangaon in western India.
Motorola is considering manufacturing in India and electronics manufacturers such as Elcoteq, Flextronics and Solectron are also rumored to be considering making wireless handsets in India.
“Given the Indian market’s importance, we have been considering a mobile [handsets] plant there. But there is nothing concrete yet,” the report quoted a Samsung spokeswoman as saying.