Apple is planning to start manufacturing of MacBooks in Vietnam by mid-2023, because it continues to diversify its manufacturing base away from China to different international locations, together with India, the media reported on Tuesday.
The tech big has tapped its high provider Foxconn to start out making MacBooks within the Southeast Asian nation as early as round May, studies Nikkei Asia, citing sources.
According to the report, the iPhone maker goals to have ‘out of China’ manufacturing alternate options for key merchandise amid Covid lockdowns that hampered its provide chain.
Apple plans to maneuver some MacBook manufacturing to Vietnam for the primary time subsequent 12 months because it “continues diversifying its production base away from China amid escalating tech tensions between Washington and Beijing,” the report talked about.
As per a Counterpoint Research report, Foxconn goals to shift as much as 30 per cent of its capability to India, Vietnam and Brazil.
It had already developed “rather high production capacities in India and Vietnam before the recent disruption at its Zhengzhou plant” in China.
As of September 2022, there have been 21 Apple suppliers in Vietnam.
When it involves smartphone manufacturing, manufacturing in India grew 16 per cent (year-over-year) in Q2 2022 (April-June) to achieve over 44 million items, mentioned the Counterpoint report.
Earlier, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is “telling suppliers to plan more actively for assembling Apple products elsewhere in Asia, particularly India and Vietnam” in an effort to “reduce dependence on Taiwanese assemblers led by Foxconn”.
The contribution of home iPhone manufacturing in India jumped from 50 per cent in 2019 to 73 per cent in 2021, in response to market analysis agency CMR.
In the meantime, the proportion of imported iPhones to India decreased from 50 per cent in 2019 to 45 per cent in 2020, 27 per cent in 2021 and round 15 per cent this 12 months — displaying a big Make in India’s growth for Apple.
Apple goals to ship 40-45 per cent of iPhones from India in contrast with a single-digit share presently, in response to analyst Ming-chi Kuo.