Apple has reportedly asked Foxconn to move some iPad and MacBook manufacturing capacity to Vietnam. Apple is planning to diversify its supply chain due to the ongoing trade disputes between the US and China, according to Reuters.
Reuters doesn’t state in the reports which of the iPad or Mac models Apple will be assembling in Vietnam. It doesn’t also say what proportion of its total production the company will shift out of China.
However, Apple is not unfamiliar with assembling its products in Vietnam. The company started producing AirPods Pro units in the country earlier in 2020. Apple has also produced some of its iPhone models for a while in India. However, this was to majorly help the company meet local import regulations in the country.
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The assembly lines are set to start production in the first half of 2021 at Foxconn’s Bac Giang province plant. Foxconn also plans to make television sets for clients like Japan’s Sony Corp at the Vietnam factory.
According to a Nikkei report earlier this week, Foxconn is planning a $270 million investment in Vietnam to expand its manufacturing capacity. The Taiwanese company is also reportedly moving more than 30 percent of its production lines outside China.
Foxconn says the decision is a matter of commercial sensitivity. “As a matter of company policy, and for reasons of commercial sensitivity, we do not comment on any aspect of our work for any customer or their products,” the company said.
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