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VIVO to establish smartphone manufacturing facility in Pakistan
VIVO has 200,000,000 users around the world and aims to manufacture quality smartphones at a cheap price


Tech DeskDecember 02, 2020

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VIVO, one of the world’s most popular smartphone brands will be setting up a manufacturing facility in Pakistan, Minister for Industries & Production, Hammad Azhar announced on Twitter.
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“Intl Smart Phone Brand VIVO has decided to establish a smartphone manufacturing facility in Pak. Land purchased. Deployment of DIRBS eliminated smuggled phones. It was followed up by Mobile Manufacturing Policy. Revenues already doubled & now local manufacturing taking off,” said the tweet.
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VIVO has currently 200,000,000 users around the world and is committed to providing premium quality smartphones at a cheap price.
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Establishing a local manufacturing unit will not only reduce costs for company and consumers but also help in eliminating the problem of smuggled devices.
Earlier, it was reported that tech giant Samsung is looking to set up a smartphone assembly plant in Pakistan, Federal Industries and Production Minister Hammad Azhar announced.
“Smartphone production in Pakistan is multiplying following DIRBS [Device Identification Registration and Blocking System] implementation and Mobile Policy launched recently,” he tweeted after meeting with the Samsung Pakistan MD and CEO.
The DIRBS allows the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to stop the use of smuggled mobile devices.
 

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Mobile handset assembly set to expand
The Newspaper's Staff ReporterUpdated 03 Dec 2020

Manufacturers of mobile handsets in Pakistan are advancing steadily towards their goal of local assembly under the Mobile Device Manufacturing Policy approved by the cabinet in June 2020. — AFP/File

Manufacturers of mobile handsets in Pakistan are advancing steadily towards their goal of local assembly under the Mobile Device Manufacturing Policy approved by the cabinet in June 2020. — AFP/File



KARACHI: Manufacturers of mobile handsets in Pakistan are advancing steadily towards their goal of local assembly under the Mobile Device Manufacturing Policy approved by the cabinet in June 2020.

On Wednesday, Industries Minister Hammad Azhar met with representatives of Vivo following which he announced via his account on the social media platform Twitter that the company “has decided to establish a smart phone manufacturing facility” in Pakistan and land for the project has been “purchased”. Representatives from Vivo declined to comment on the meeting.


The policy was approved by the Federal Cabinet in June 2020, but some industry players say there are lingering concerns.
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Speaking to Dawn on background, they said the localisation requirement in the policy is not possible to implement in Pakistan since screens, motherboards and batteries are not going to be possible to manufacture here.
The policy also assured “removal of Fixed Sales Tax on CKD/SKD manufacturing of mobile devices” as well as exemption from 4 per cent withholding tax on domestic sales of locally assembled devices, but industry players say implementation of these steps has still not been completed.

“Without these exemptions local assembly is not feasible” one industry insider tells Dawn on condition of anonymity since talks with the government are still in progress. A press release issued by the ministry in June after cabinet approval of the policy said “a total of 16 local companies are manufacturing mobile devices in the country out of which most of the companies are manufacturing feature phones ie 2G. The companies are now shifting to manufacturing smart phones as technology is shifting towards 4G/5G.”

Telecom executives told Dawn that the dearth of 4G capable handsets is the biggest hindrance to the growth of digital Pakistan. Local assembly of these handsets is critical to spur a digital revolution in the country.

Imports of mobile handsets have climbed sharply over the years, reaching $1.37 billion in FY20. Between July and September of FY21 they have crossed $492 million already and look set to beat last year’s record despite a slowing economy.
Published in Dawn, December 3rd, 2020


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No country or company on this planet manufactures complete smart phone unit. They all depend on Global supply chain.

Apple many devices requires an incredibly complex and far-reaching supply chain. Apple works with suppliers in 43 countries and six continents to make its products, and the chain gets even more complicated when you break it down into raw materials.

Apple’s list of its top suppliers are located in several countries including Malaysia, Brazil, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Japan, Belgium and many more. However, the list doesn’t detail which parts each location manufactures.

Xiaomi

Xiaomi is a Chinese electronics company based in Beijing, With agile supply chain, “Xiaomi’s devices became notorious in Asia for selling out within hours of availability; in 2014, the company’s Singapore release of the Mi3 sold out in just 2 minutes.”

Xiaomi’s smartphone supply chain relied predominantly on China’s homegrown suppliers and manufacturers for various parts. However, the company’s transparency regarding its supply chain method faced criticism

To compete With apple, Lei Jun founder xiamo went on an aggressive campaign to woo and cater to the highest quality suppliers in East Asia, averaging over 10 supplier meetings a day for the first five months of Xiaomi’s existence. In the end, his diligence paid off—Xiaomi now partners with the world’s most highly touted hardware manufacturers including Sharp, Foxconn, and Wintek.”
 

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If companies like Xiaomi and Vivo start assembling (and atleast 50% local manufacturing in later phase) phones here. That would be a big boost to our economy as Xiaomi ship major part of its products to Europe. Even with just these two companies, we are good to go.
 

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