While iPhone manufacturer Apple may have had some devices made in other countries, most of the models are manufactured in China. Apple may soon outsource production in order to be more independent of China.
Apple has benefited greatly from China’s manufacturing over a long time. The Foxconn, Pegatron and Pegatron factories employ a lot of people and can produce the devices cheaply. However, China’s dependence has been a problem. Some factories are currently under lockdown as part of the People’s Republic’s strict anticovid strategy. This prevents production from continuing. There are ongoing trade disputes between China, the United States, and could result in restrictions or halting production.
The expansion was planned for a long period
Apple now has the Wall Street Journal, according to its well-planned plans to expand production capacity beyond China. The company has been working on the expansion of its geographic reach for some time, and will not waive it in the event of a pandemic. The recent lockdown in Shanghai, China has caused massive delays in production and forced the company to expand its facilities to other countries.
Despite all the difficulties associated with China it is very difficult for other countries to compete with the People’s Republic. China is the only country that can supply the required order quantities. It also has a skilled and cheap labor force. It is likely that the expansion of alternative production facilities in India or Vietnam will take time. Foxconn, an Apple partner, has already set up factories in these countries to supply global markets. The models made here may be exported to other countries in the future. A concrete timeframe has not yet been released.