News learned on Monday that Nokia has produced more than 1 million locally assembled mobile phones in Pakistan in 6 months after setting up an assembly unit in the country.
“The factory’s capacity lies in producing more than half a million mobile phones per month, and our aim is to bring together a full range of Nokia phones from Pakistan,” said Arif Shafiq, country director for Pakistan at HMD Global, home of Nokia phones.
He added that the company aims to increase production every month to meet the demand of Pakistani consumers. “The demand for our mobile devices has been evident in the domestic market with over 1 million units produced in a very short period of time.”
The company partnered with Techno Pak Electronics (Private) Limited last year in setting up a Nokia phones assembly plant in the country, which invested $2 million in its factory and related channels in 2021, creating more than 500 skilled jobs so far.
Shafiq was new as Nokia phones continued to be a favorite product among different ages of mobile phone users in the country. “Opening the facility in Pakistan is not only an important business decision for us, but also a landmark initiative as we continue to expand our global footprint with it.”
He said the company aims to increase production every month to meet consumer demand, expressing hope that local authorities and regulatory bodies will continue to extend their support to the industry to do business and make investments in the country.
The Nokia phone assembly plant in Kuranji, Karachi was completed in December 2021. The unit produces various designs of mobile phones. Pakistan has an enduring relationship with mobile carriers, which has translated into strong brand associations. With mobile penetration in the country at 193 million, the contribution of the mobile industry to the economy is expected to reach $24 billion in 2023.