Apple Inc is in the works of shifting a portion of their manufacturing away from China, as the American multinational corporation plans to spend more than $100 million next year to build Mac computers in the US.
The plan was stated by Apple’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek.
“Next year we’re going to bring some production to the U.S.,” he said. “This doesn’t mean that Apple will do it ourselves, but we’ll be working with people and we’ll be investing our money.”
China has handled the assembly of Apple’s products for years when Apple decided to move their manufacturing to Asia in the late 1990s to benefit of the region’s lower labor cost.
The move may not meaningfully affect the company’s profit margins but Bloomberg reports that it is reflective of the pressure on companies to create even a modest number of domestic jobs.
The US unemployment rate stays along near 8 per cent and the economy is still on a rebound from the recession that ended in 2009.
“I don’t think we have a responsibility to create a certain kind of job,” Cook said. “But I think we do have a responsibility to create jobs.”
Cook said Apple will be working with partners and that the operations will cover more than just final assembly. However, he did not further disclose the details of the plan such as where the manufacturing will take place or how much will be produced in the US.
He added that many of the parts placed in iPhone and iPad are already made in the US including the display glass, which is made in Kentucky.
Cook also said that apart from building a new headquarters in Cupertino, California, Apple is also working on a campus in Austin, Texas.
The company is in the process of building new data centers in Nevada and Oregon even while expanding an existing centre in Maiden, North Carolina.