Apple's saga to stop relying exclusively on China As a manufacturing territory of its products, it continues at full speed even with its occasional exceptions. The expansion of Ma's supply chain is already happening in India and it may also go to Malaysia and Mexico soon. Now we have one more country in line: the Vietn.
As reported by Nikkei Asian Review, Apple has given the go-ahead for one of its partners to start a trial to produce AirPods in Southeast Asia. The manufacturer concerned GoerTek, one of the factories that already produces Ma's wireless headsets in China, the others are Inventec and Luxshare-ICT.
Currently AirPods are produced exclusively in China, but Apple already has partners assembling EarPods (wired) in Vietnam. At this early stage, the assembly of wireless headsets in Southeast Asia would be nothing more than a test, with only a few units from the second generation of AirPods if the experiment proves successful, Ma can transfer a higher volume of production. to Vietn.
According to Nikkei, Apple's goal eventually to make between 15% and 30% of its products assembled outside China. The reasons for the change are many: in addition to the trade war between the country and the United States, which leaves all business with a haze of uncertainty, the advantages of Chinese production as lower labor costs are beginning to dissipate with boom Wall Country.
The question is whether this transition has anything to do with the speculated third generation of AirPods. For this we will have to wait and see.