Apple has requested Foxconn to maneuver some iPad and MacBook manufacturing capability to Vietnam, Reuters reviews. The meeting traces are set to start out manufacturing within the first half of subsequent yr at Foxconn’s Bac Giang province, in line with Reuters’ supply, who notes that Apple needs to diversify its provide chain as a result of ongoing commerce disputes between the US and China.
Reuters’ report doesn’t state which iPad or Mac models shall be assembled in Vietnam, nor what quantity of Apple’s complete manufacturing will shift out of China. However these wouldn’t be the primary Apple merchandise to be assembled in Vietnam — Apple began producing AirPods Professional models there earlier this yr. Apple has additionally used India for manufacturing of sure iPhone models for some time, though that largely predates the US-China commerce struggle and helps the corporate meet native import laws.
Nikkei reported earlier this week that Foxconn is planning a $270 million funding in Vietnam to broaden its manufacturing capability. The Taiwanese firm is alleged to be shifting greater than 30 p.c of its manufacturing traces exterior China.