Wistron considering Moving PCB Plant to Bengaluru

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Wistron, one of the leading Taiwanese contract manufacturers, is looking at relocating a printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing plant from to Bengaluru, entailing an investment of around $1 billion (about Rs 64 billion).

Said to be one of the biggest investments in the in the country, the proposed plant is expected to provide employment to 3,000-4,000 people. The unit would manufacture motherboards for low-cost personal computers (PC) that will be based on chipmaker Intel’s reference designs. could also manufacture Intel’s upcoming LTE (long-term evolution, a standard for high-speed wireless communication) on PC boards for which India could be a major market, said two people familiar with the development.

The move comes at a time when India has increased on several electronic components that go into and PCs to aid value-added local electronics manufacturing. While the share of fully-assembled imported into the country fell to just 26 per cent in 2017, the level of localisation still remains extremely low.

Key takeaways

  • The proposed plant is expected to provide employment to 3,000-4,000 people
  • could also manufacture Intel’s upcoming LTE on PC boards for which India could be a major market
  • could shift one of its units from to India due to the increasing cost of labour there
  • Both and are heavily investing in developing chips that support LTE wireless data technologies, eyeing sales of PCs in emerging markets such as India

One of the above-mentioned persons said that could shift one of its units from to India due to the increasing cost of labour there.

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