Apple suppliers to make Apple Watch and MacBook in Vietnam: Nikkei

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Apple Inc’s suppliers are in talks to produce Apple Watch and MacBook in Vietnam for the primary time, Nikkei Asia reported on Tuesday, citing individuals acquainted with the matter.

Apple’s Chinese suppliers Luxshare Precision Industry and iPhone assembler Foxconn have began check manufacturing of Apple Watch and MacBook in Northern Vietnam, the report added.

Apple has been shifting some areas of iPhone manufacturing from China to different markets, together with India, the place it began manufacturing iPhone 13 this yr, and can be planning to assemble iPad tablets.

Diversifying manufacturing

India, the world’s second-biggest smartphone market, together with international locations akin to Mexico and Vietnam, is turning into more and more vital to contract producers supplying American manufacturers, as they fight to diversify manufacturing away from China.

Apple, Foxconn and Luxshare Precision didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for remark.

Last week, Taiwanese contract producer Foxconn gave a cautious outlook for the present quarter after posting outcomes that exceeded expectations, citing slowing smartphone demand after a pandemic-fuelled growth.

Like different international producers, Foxconn – formally referred to as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd – has handled a extreme scarcity of chips that damage manufacturing, as bottlenecks from the pandemic lingered and the Ukraine warfare additional strained logistical channels.

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