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Another Major Apple Supplier Is Moving Out of China

Well-known Chinese news site Sohu recently reported that, in June, major Apple supplier Pegatron will start Apple production assembly lines in Indonesia. The initial products include the MacBook and the iPad. Pegatron is the second largest Apple manufacturer after Foxconn, which already announced that, later this year, its mass production of iPhones will be in India. It was first reported in January that Pegatron had a tentative plan to move out of Mainland China. Potential locations included India, Indonesia, and Vietnam. According to Indonesian local reports, Pegatron selected Indonesia instead of Vietnam based on a better supply of labor. Given the Trump administration’s earlier tariff increase, as well as the Huawei case, it is reasonable that Pegatron would prefer to move its manufacturing facilities out of China. Pegatron did not officially confirm which customers the Indonesian factories will serve. However, all products will ship to the United States.

Source: Sohu, May 24, 2019