Apple will start MacBook production at Vietnam in 2023
Apple is reportedly relocating some production of MacBooks to Vietnam, a move that has been planned since 2020, with the initial batch of its popular laptop computers expected to roll out from the Southeast Asian country as early as May next year.
Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics manufacturing services provider, has been tapped by the US technology giant to assemble its MacBooks in Vietnam.
Before this move, the MacBook remained the only major Apple product that was solely manufactured in mainland China. It has taken longer to move MacBook assembly lines outside China owing to the product’s complex supply chain, the report said.
In November 2020, Taiwan-based Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, was reportedly planning to move some iPad and MacBook assembly to Vietnam from China at the request of Apple because of the escalating trade war between Beijing and Washington. Foxconn had earlier announced a US$270 million investment to set up a new subsidiary in Vietnam.
The new MacBook assembly lines are located at Foxconn’s plant in Vietnam’s northeastern Bac Giang province, situated 50 kilometres to the east of the country’s capital Hanoi.
As of June, Foxconn employed about 60,000 people in Vietnam, which is now the company’s largest manufacturing base outside China.
Apple and Foxconn did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Production of MacBooks in Vietnam reflects the efforts made by Apple and prime supplier Foxconn to quickly establish new supply chains across Asia amid the snap lockdowns and other Covid-19-related issues that have disrupted manufacturing in China.