Leaked from a NBC interview with Brian Williams, Tim Cook (Apple CEO) announced a $100M investment in the American manufacturing of Mac computers. This is great news for the national economy but overall global manufacturing impact should be minimal. Apple will lose some advantage of cheap labor (Foxconn), but also gain skilled labor that can leverage production advantages only found in America. Shares of Apple were trading 1% higher today after getting crushed for no apparent reason yesterday, still down 7.4% over the last week.
In the interviews, Mr. Cook suggested the company would work with partners and that the manufacturing would be more than just the final assembly of parts. He noted that parts of the company’s ubiquitous iPhone, including the “engine” and the glass screen, were already made in America. The processor is manufactured by Samsung in Texas, while Corning makes the glass screen in Kentucky. (NYT)
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (trading as Foxconn) is a Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturing company headquartered in Tucheng, New Taipei, Taiwan. It is the world’s largest maker of electronic components. Notable products that the company manufactures include the iPad, iPhone, iPod, Kindle, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and Xbox 360. Foxconn has been involved in several controversies, most relating to how it manages employees in China where it is the largest private-sector employer. In 2012 Apple hired the Fair Labor Association to conduct an audit of working conditions at Foxconn. (Wiki)
Many have also noted that some 2012 iMacs are assembled in the US.
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