Apple suppliers add US manufacturing sites, focusing on California


Apple suppliers added manufacturing operations near the California-based tech company in fiscal 2021, a sign of how the quixotic responses to COVID-19 in various countries, particularly China, and geopolitics are reshaping and diversifying supply chains.

Apple works with more than 9,000 domestic suppliers across America, including this Mac Pro manufacturing plant in Austin.

Yang Jie for the Wall Street Journal:

Of Apple’s more than 180 suppliers, 48 ​​had manufacturing sites in the United States as of September 2021, up from 25 a year earlier, according to a list of suppliers published by Apple. More than 30 sites were in California, down from less than 10 a year earlier.

Many large suppliers such as chipmakers Qualcomm Inc. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., product assembler Foxconn Technology Group, and image sensor supplier Sony Group Corp., have added production sites in the United States. United during the year, according to the list…

Travel between California and China has been difficult since early 2020 due to Chinese restrictions related to Covid-19. During the pandemic, Apple has relied more on local engineers in foreign countries and embraced technology such as live streaming to help headquarters staff monitor what’s going on at the factory remotely. However, vendor officials said there were still occasions when it was useful to be close to Apple headquarters, particularly when testing materials and parts for new products was involved.

The Californian steps taken by Apple’s suppliers are part of a broader transition in its supply chain. Apple has told some of its manufacturing partners that it wants them to ramp up production outside of China, with Vietnam and India among the countries to take a closer look.

Taken from MacDailyNews: The more that can be done to increase diversification and promote competition, the better.

Apple’s 2021 supplier list is here.

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