A fresh report suggests that some suppliers are already trying to make facilities ready in anticipation of Apple’s desire to relocate manufacture away from China.
Apple’s ability to get goods into the hands of consumers has been hampered by ongoing production uncertainties in China, especially with regards to the iPhone 14 Pro models that are made in the country. Plans to outsource some production to nations like Vietnam and India are already under way. Apple suppliers are reportedly poised to spend significant capital and create thousands of jobs, prompting a rise in land applications for the latter in the nation.
Some Apple suppliers have reportedly registered for property with the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), according to a report from Business Standard. Thousands of new employment might be created as a result.
YEIDA CEO Arun Vir Singh was quoted as stating, “Seiko Advance Limited, an ink manufacturing business, indicated its willingness to produce its product on 5 acres of property in Sector 29 of YEIDA.” The popular Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro colour is the work of Seiko Advance Limited.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s goal is to manufacture up to 45% of the world’s iPhones. Presently, the number is in the low single digits.
Apple was historically overreliant on factories in China, but the firm intends to avoid the problems that were highlighted by COVID-19 by diversifying its manufacturing. Apple made a big mistake by putting all of its iPhone hopes in one basket, but the full extent of that mistake wasn’t apparent until the COVID-19 outbreak and China’s rolling lockdowns.
The protests at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou facility last month prompted speculation that Apple has instructed its suppliers to find other locations to manufacture its devices.
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