Apple has asked Foxconn to move part of the iPad and MacBook manufacturing capacity to Vietnam, Reuters reports. Assembly lines are expected to start production in the first half of next year in Foxconn’s Bac Giang province, according to Reuters‘source, who notes that Apple wants to diversify its supply chain because of ongoing trade disputes between the United States and China.
ReutersThe report does not indicate which models of iPad or Mac will be assembled in Vietnam, nor what proportion of Apple’s total production will be transferred out of China. But those wouldn’t be the first Apple products to be assembled in Vietnam – Apple started producing AirPods Pro earlier this year. Apple has also used India for the production of certain iPhone models for some time, although this generally predates the US-China trade war and helps the company comply with regulations. local import.
Nikkei reported earlier this week that Foxconn is planning a $ 270 million investment in Vietnam to expand its manufacturing capacity. The Taiwanese company is reportedly moving more than 30% of its production lines out of China.