Apple has asked Foxconn to transfer some iPad and MacBook manufacturing capacity to Vietnam, Reuters reported. According to a Reuters source, Assembly Lines is set to begin production of assembly lines in the first half of next year, which, according to a Reuters source, notes that Apple is running trade disputes between the US and China Wants to diversify its supply chain.
The Reuters report does not state which iPad or Mac models will be assembled in Vietnam, nor what proportion of Apple’s total production will move out of China. But these would not be the first Apple products to be assembled in Vietnam – Apple began production of AirPods Pro units earlier this year. Apple has also used India for some time to produce some iPhone models, though it mostly pre-dates the US-China trade war and helps the company meet local import regulations.
Nikkei reported earlier this week that Foxconn plans to invest $ 270 million to expand its manufacturing capacity in Vietnam. The Taiwanese company is said to be carrying more than 30 per cent of its production lines outside China.