Foxconn at the request of the company Apple is considering the possibility of moving the Assembly iPhone from Southeast Asia to the United States. This writes the Nikkei, citing informed sources.
“Apple suggested the companies Foxconn and Pegatron to consider the possibility to move production of the iPhone in the United States. Foxconn responded to the request, in turn, Pegatron declined to discuss such a plan because of fears high costs for implementation,” – said the source.
Foxconn factories annually produce more than 200 million phones iPhone of various models.
Previously elected President of the United States Donald trump said that Apple and other American companies should resume production of its products in the United States.
“Our Apple and other big companies will start to collect the iPhone, computers and other products in the United States, not in China or around the world – said trump. We no longer produce American goods in the United States, but we produce here, and like never before.”
Their research and development Apple is in Cupertino, but most Mac, iPhone, iPad, and other gadgets and their accessories are collected outside the United States in China, Taiwan, and other countries. The transfer of production to outsourcing to third parties and the transfer of production to other countries was initiated by Steve jobs after his return to the company in 1996.
Earlier, the head of Apple Tim cook said that the return of production in the United States is hampered not so much the difference in pay levels, as the lack of skilled labor. The American education system is not preparing a sufficient number of specialists with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in today’s workplace.
In 2013, Apple decided to partially move production of computers in the United States, investing more than $100 million in the production of components for the Mac. However, what is then presented almost as a feat in the past was the most natural state of Affairs. In 1984, Apple spent $20 million on the construction of a plant for the production of Mac in the state of California. Due to the high degree of automation of the enterprise from its production computers went once per minute. It lasted quite long, and in 1992 the plant was closed.
A source Nikkei reported that “production of phones in the US can more than double their cost”. Apple, Foxconn and Pegatron declined to comment.