To diversify Apple’s provide chain, Apple’s massive contractor Foxconn has secured a brand new web site in Vietnam. Based on the South China Morning Post, the producer has signed a lease with Saigon-Bac Giang Industrial Park Corp to occupy a plot of 45 hectares to fulfill “operational wants and broaden manufacturing capability.”
The positioning, positioned within the Quang Chau Industrial Park in Bac Giang province east of Hanoi, was rented by means of Foxconn’s subsidiary Fulian Precision Expertise Element Co. The lease will run by means of February 2057, the corporate stated.
Foxconn signed a US$300 million settlement with a Vietnamese developer final August to construct a brand new manufacturing facility in Bac Giang, the place it already produces iPads and AirPods.
Though the report doesn’t specify which merchandise Foxconn will likely be making at this manufacturing facility, a few stories from final 12 months point out that the 2023 Mac Professional and new MacBook fashions are among the many applied sciences the Taiwanese firm will produce in Vietnam.
Nikkei Asia, for instance, already reported that Foxconn had finalized its plans to relocate a few of its MacBook manufacturing to Vietnam in December. The “Made in Vietnam” merchandise are expected to appear as early as May with MacBook models.
The rumored Apple silicon Mac Professional can also be anticipated to lose its “Made within the USA” engrave for a “Made in Vietnam” one. This was rumored by Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman, additionally in December, saying Apple was shifting its manufacturing line away from the US.
The Apple silicon Mac Professional nonetheless has a couple of mysteries behind it, as Apple is rumored to have hit a couple of roadblocks. For instance, it received’t have user-upgradeable RAM and can keep the identical design as its Intel counterpart. A attainable M2 Excessive chip was additionally canceled, as the corporate is anticipated to wager on the M2 Extremely processor for this high-end Mac.
These strikes by Apple, with Foxconn’s assist, are to avoid possible supply chain issues in the future. After the COVID-19 lockdown on the largest iPhone manufacturing facility in China final 12 months, the Cupertino agency desires to diversify its manufacturing to Vietnam, Taiwan, and India. That may also assist with attainable sanctions from the US towards China as properly.
BGR will preserve reporting on these efforts by Apple to diversify its provide chain and reduce its reliance on Chinese language factories.