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Apple on Wednesday announced an expansion of its footprint in India by opening a new office in central Bengaluru, as the iPhone maker strengthens its presence in the country by ramping up local manufacturing.
1,200 employees work in the new office located in Minsk Square, the main location of the city. It spans 15 floors and features dedicated lab space, collaboration and wellness spaces, and Caffe Mac computers. “Bengaluru is already home to many of our talented teams, including software and hardware technology, operations, customer support and more,” an Apple spokesperson told IANS.
“Like everything we do at Apple, this workspace is designed to foster innovation, creativity and communication. It’s a great place for our teams to collaborate,” added a company spokesperson.
The interior features local materials, including stone, wood, and wall and floor fabrics, and the office is filled with native plants. The new office uses best practices in energy conservation, uses 100 percent renewable energy and aims to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating – the highest level of LEED certification. Apple has been carbon neutral for its corporate operations since 2020, and has operated all Apple facilities using 100 percent renewable energy since 2018.
The office is the latest addition to the company’s corporate offices in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Gurugram and represents another milestone in Apple’s more than 25-year history in the country. Apple has about 3,000 employees in India, and working with Indian suppliers of all sizes supports hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country. The company works with partners across India who are promoting important work in environmental protection, education and employment opportunities, including Frank Water, which helps communities protect their watersheds on the outskirts of Bengaluru .
Apple’s teams in Bengaluru work across a wide range of Apple businesses, from software, hardware, services, IS&T, operations, customer support and more. As India halves domestic production, Apple will assemble iPhones worth over Rs 1 lakh in India in 2023, according to industry data. However, according to industry sources, the actual market value of iPhones manufactured/assembled in India could be much higher depending on taxes in other countries.