Cisco has announced that it will start manufacturing in India, which will be a major step in the expansion of its footprint in the country. This move is part of Cisco’s strategy to create an even more diverse and resilient global supply chain and support India’s vision of becoming a global manufacturing hub. With this latest investment, Cisco will cater to the growing demand from customers in India and aims to drive more than one billion dollars in combined domestic production and exports in the coming years.

The creation of a new manufacturing operation was announced by Cisco chair and chief executive officer (CEO) Chuck Robbins in New Delhi, following a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and a series of strategic engagements with Dr. S.Jaishankar, external affairs minister, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, union minister of state for entrepreneurship, skill development, electronics and technology, B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, CEO of NITI Aayog, and K. Rajaraman, chairman, Digital Communications Commission, and secretary (Telecommunications), Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

Commenting on the announcement, Chuck Robbins”Today, we are announcing strategic investments in Indian manufacturing capabilities as the next step in delivering cutting-edge technologies to our customers in India and across the globe. Fueled by a rapidly developing digital economy, India is a focal point of innovation and business for Cisco, and we remain deeply committed to our partnerships here.”

As organisations in India and across the globe fast-track their digitisation, their technology needs are growing and evolving rapidly. The manufacturing facility will build Cisco’s best-in-class technology, designed to provide flexible, cost-effective delivery of next-generation services and applications and support complex cloud computing environments. The products can meet companies’ dynamic demands as they strive to foster agility in an increasingly hybrid, digital-first world. 

Cisco is now building core manufacturing capabilities in India, including testing, development and logistics, and expanding in-house repair operations. In addition to supporting supply chain resiliency, reducing lead times, and elevating the customer experience, this will add further impetus to the local economy.

Meanwhile, Daisy Chittilapilly, president, Cisco India and SAARC, said, “India is of strategic importance for Cisco, and we continue to bet on India. Today’s announcement marks a significant milestone to power the next phase of growth for Cisco. This investment will enable us to bring state-of-the-art technologies to more people and businesses and help accelerate India’s transition into a leading digital economy.”

India is a key market for Cisco and its second largest R&D centre outside the US. Since commencing operations in India in 1995, Cisco has focused on helping the country digitise at scale and speed, including accelerating the transformation of critical sectors like transport, agriculture, including through the Country Digitization Acceleration program, and building a skilled workforce through the Cisco Networking Academy program.