Earlier this month Hyderabad based smartphone maker Celkon announced to set up its manufacturing unit in Telangana.
Today the company’s first Indian state-of-the–art manufacturing facility in Medchal, Telangana was inaugurated by Minister for IT and Pachayat Raj, KalvakuntlaTaraka Rama Rao (KTR) along with Y Guru, CMD, Celkon Mobiles and Murali Retineni, Executive Director Celkon Mobiles.
The manufacturing unit is 30,000 Sqft in area, which includes a 10,000 Sq. ft. warehouse for raw materials and a 5000 Sq. ft. warehouse for finished products. The Indian state-of-the–art manufacturing facility of celkon is ready to start production from Day 1. It will start with 4 production lines, which will deliver a production capacity of 2lakh units per month.
The company in a statement said that “the production lines will be increased to 12 and the production is expected to touch 5 lakhs per month with-in the next quarter.” With this unit, Celkon becomes the first Indian brand to start operations in the state as Micromax, which also shared its plan to set up its unit in the state, is yet to reveal the time frame.
Around 60% of the mobile phones manufactured in the ISO Certified facility will comprise of feature phones and rest Smartphones. It will employ 500 people consisting of trained and skilled technicians said the company. The move comes in times with the Govt. of India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative with companies like Apple also planning to move its manufacturing unit to India.
Celkon is investing around INR 200 Cr in the next 3 months for this facility, the initial capacity of the facility is 2 lack handsets per month with 12 production lines this will scale upto 5 lakhs handsets a month, the company planning to reach a capacity of producing 10 lakh handsets a month in India.
Speaking on the inauguration of the unit Y Guru, Chairman and Managing Director, Celkon Mobiles said “We are elated to be amongst the first few Smartphone players starting our manufacturing operations in India. We envision the country to become a hub for manufacturing cutting edge devices and have been actively pursuing the cause for the last few years.Being a part of the Central Govt.’s‘Make in India’ initiative, we feel that our manufacturing operations in India are beginning on a high note. This also comes in at a time when India is poised to become the largest consumer base for mobile phones and we are all set to bring-in the new phase of growth at Celkon.”