Apple has asked its manufacturer Foxconn to shift the production of several devices to Vietnam partially. This is how it wants to hedge against the Sino-American trade war.
According to Reuters sources, some iPad and MacBook production will be exported from Vietnam by the first half of 2021. Foxconn is working on an assembly line at its factory in Bac Giang, a province in northeastern Vietnam.
It is the first time that the iPad is produced outside of China, but the shift to get production partly from China has been going on for some time.
Reuters reported in July that an assembly line for the iPhone is also coming to India. Both Foxconn and Apple do not comment on the report that production will partly go to Vietnam.
The reason Foxconn, which is Apple’s primary producer, has moved production at the request of Apple itself. The American technology company wants to have such an alternative now that the trade war between the US and China continues.
For example, electronics from China are subject to higher rates, and there are restrictions on the use of American technology in China.
Taiwanese Foxconn, officially Hon Hai Precision Industry, is one of the largest manufacturers in the world, but often on behalf of the major technology companies.
Earlier this week, the company announced an investment of 270 million dollars in Vietnam because it will produce TVs for Sony, as well as keyboards.