Apple said to start MacBook production at Foxconn’s Vietnam plant by mid-2023 in move to diversify supply chain outside China
- Apple supplier Foxconn is reportedly relocating some assembly of MacBooks at its plant in Vietnam’s northeastern Bac Giang province
- Before the shift to Vietnam, the MacBook remained the only major Apple product that was solely manufactured in mainland China
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.
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.
Apple and Foxconn did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The company had earlier put its MacBook production site in Chengdu, capital of southwestern Sichuan province, under an “anti-Covid bubble” that had its 110,000 assembly line workers strictly follow certain job schedules and commuting paths within the compound to help minimise the risk of infection, according to a report published in September by Taiwanese magazine Global Views. Other employees who lived outside the compound were asked to work from home.
Production of the MacBook is under Foxconn’s Business Group B, which is responsible for wearables, tablets, laptop computers and smart speakers. It has operations in the cities of Chengdu, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Hengyang.
There were already 21 Apple suppliers with operations in Vietnam as of September this year, according to Counterpoint.
Total MacBook shipments are expected to reach 22.18 million units this year, according to market intelligence firm Digitimes Research. That total would represent a 1.4 per cent decrease from 2021, as other major personal computer brands such as HP, Dell and Lenovo Group see double-digit declines.