Following the recent revelation that Apple will be moving part of their Mac manufacturing line to the US, Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn Electronics is rumoured to be setting up operations in the US next year, moving away from its long time base in mainland China.
Foxconn the major manufacturer to Apple Inc, and Hewlett-Packard Co. seeks to expand its operations in North America as customers request more of their products to be Made in the US.
Business Week reported:
‘Apple, the world’s most valuable company and Foxconn’s biggest client, plans to spend more than $100 million next year on building Mac computers in the U.S., Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said in a Bloomberg Businessweek interview published last week. Foxconn, based in Taipei, has 1.6 million workers globally, including factories in California and Texas that make partially-assembled products such as servers.’
“We are looking at doing more manufacturing in the U.S. because, in general, customers want more to be done there,” Louis Woo, a Foxconn spokesman, said in a phone interview.
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 from the region’s lower labor cost.
“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,” Apple’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek.
He added that many of the parts placed in the iPhone and iPad are already made in the US including the display glass, which is made in Kentucky.