After several years, Apple started to diversify its iPhone production outside of China, now the company has surprised with the decision to do the same with its tablets and computers. As disclosed Foxconn is moving part of iPad production out of China for the first time.
Thus, from next year, a percentage IPads not yet specified will be made in Vietnam. As you can read on 9to5mac, “Foxconn is building assembly lines at its plant in northeastern Bac Giang province in Vietnam, to bring them online in the first half of 2021”.
Apple continues to diversify its production in Vietnam
As other companies have done, this decision would target minimize the impact of a trade war between China and the United States. According to a report shared by Reuters:
Apple called for the measure, following concerns about China’s over-reliance as a manufacturing hub. While tensions with China are likely to ease after Trump left in January, the trade war has likely acted as a wake-up call for the company, accelerating plans to diversify its supply chains. “
For its part, Foxconn said in a statement:
“For the sake of company policy and for reasons of commercial sensitivity, we do not comment on any aspect of our work for any client or their products.”
Apple has been looking for some time to add geographic diversity to its supply chain, and Apple suppliers are already assembling the company’s AirPods and AirPods Pro in Vietnam.
Apple is also reportedly trying to expand iPhone production in Vietnam, though those plans have been delayed due to recently denounced working conditions for workers at those factories.
It is said that Apple’s main subcontractors Foxconn, Pegatron and Compal ElectronicsThey are expanding their production in Vietnam, as manufacturers such as Samsung have been doing for years. And is that while China and the United States resolve their differences, someone took advantage.