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Foxconn to Move Some China Apple Production to Vietnam
Published on: 2020-11-27
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Foxconn is moving some iPad and MacBook assembly to Vietnam from China at the request of Apple Inc, said a person with knowledge of the plan, as the U.S. firm diversifies production to minimise the impact of a Sino-U.S. trade war.
 

The development comes as the outgoing administration of U.S. President Donald Trump encourages U.S. firms to shift production out of China. During Trump’s tenure, the United States has targeted made-in-China electronics for higher import tariffs, and restricted supplies of components produced using U.S. technology to Chinese firms it deems a national security risk.
 

Foxconn is building assembly lines for Apple’s iPad tablet and MacBook laptop at its plant in Vietnam’s northeastern Bac Giang province, to come online in the first half of 2021, the person said, declining to be identified as the plan was private.
 

The lines will also take some production from China, the person said, without elaborating how much production would shift.
 

”The move was requested by Apple,” the person said. “It wants to diversify production following the trade war.”
 

Taiwan’s Foxconn, formally Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, on Tuesday announced a $270 million investment to set up a new subsidiary called FuKang Technology Co Ltd - a move the person said was aimed at supporting the Vietnam expansion.
 

The contract manufacturer also plans to make television sets at the Vietnam plant for clients including Japan’s Sony Corp, with the beginning of such production slated for late 2020 to early 2021, the person said. Sony declined to comment.
 

The factory will also make other electronic products such as computer keyboards, the person said.
 

According to Taipei-based research group TrendForce, all iPads are assembled in China and so Foxconn’s move would mark the first time that the iPad has been made outside China.
 

富士康计划将部分Mac及iPad生产线从中国移至越南

应苹果公司要求,鸿海(富士康)计划将部分苹果Mac电脑及iPad生产线从中国迁往越南,以分散生产线,最大限度减少中美贸易摩擦带来的影响。这将是鸿海首次在中国以外生产iPad。
 

这一举措正值美国总统特朗普鼓励美国公司将生产转移出中国大陆。在特朗普上台之后,美国对中国大陆制造的电子产品提高进口关税,并对华为等公司限制供应那些使用了美国技术和设备生产的半导体组件。

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