Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group is considering Odisha’s Gopalpur to set up one of their manufacturing units. Foxconn had committed in 2015 that the company will open 12 manufacturing units in India and help create one million jobs.
Foxconn is the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturing company and the third-largest information technology company by revenue. Notable products that the company manufactures include BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Kindle, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Nokia and Wii U.
According to Business Standard, a team from Foxconn has already visited the industrial park at Gopalpur where Tata Steel is the anchor tenant. The industrial park spreads over 3,500 acres of land.
“Foxconn has visited the industrial park at Gopalpur and has shown interest to put up a facility. The company has asked for 1,000 acres of land. The location has surplus land and it can be offered to Foxconn,” said Pranab Prakash Das, Odisha’s minister for electronics and information technology.
The Odisha government considers Gopalpur as an ideal port-based location for Foxconn’s manufacturing unit. It will also offer it the advantage of proximity to the Visakhapatnam port.
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It needs to be mentioned that Foxconn’s engagement with the Odisha government is still nascent and the company is yet to spell out the scale of investment or the range of products it intends to manufacture in the state.