On Wednesday, Apple revealed its plans to extend its presence in India by inaugurating a new office in the vibrant city of Bengaluru. This move solidifies the tech giant's commitment to the country, particularly as it intensifies its focus on local manufacturing.
Nestled in the prominent Minsk Square, this state-of-the-art office facility is set to accommodate a workforce of up to 1,200 employees. Spanning an impressive 15 floors, the office boasts specialized lab spaces, collaborative zones, and a Caffe Macs for the convenience of its occupants.
An Apple spokesperson shared insights, stating, "Bengaluru is already home to so many of our talented teams, including software engineering, hardware technologies, operations, customer support, and more." Emphasizing the company's dedication to fostering innovation, creativity, and collaboration, the spokesperson added, "Like everything we do at Apple, this workspace is created to foster innovation, creativity, and connection. It's an amazing space for our teams to collaborate."
The interiors of the office showcase locally-sourced materials such as stone, wood, and fabric on walls and floors, complemented by the inclusion of native plants. Following best practices in energy conservation, the office is committed to operating on 100% renewable energy and aims to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating — the highest level of LEED certification.
Apple, having maintained carbon neutrality for its corporate operations since 2020 and utilizing 100% renewable energy in its facilities since 2018, remains at the forefront of sustainable practices. The Bengaluru office is a valuable addition to Apple's corporate footprint in key Indian cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Gurugram, marking another significant milestone in the company's 25-year history in India.
With nearly 3,000 employees in the country, Apple's collaboration with Indian suppliers plays a pivotal role in supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs across various sectors. The tech giant actively partners with organizations like Frank Water, contributing to environmental protection and expanding access to education and employment.
As India amplifies its focus on local manufacturing, Apple's contribution is noteworthy. In 2023, industry data indicates that Apple assembled iPhones worth over Rs 1 lakh crore in India. However, industry sources suggest that the actual market value could be higher, contingent on tax considerations in other countries. This move underscores Apple's strategic alignment with India's burgeoning technological landscape and its commitment to sustainable and responsible business practices.
(With Agency Inputs)