Despite the fact that next year there will be a new president of the United States, we still do not know exactly how the Biden government will handle the situation of the “trade war” between the US and China that with Donald Trump unleashed in the commercial veto of several Chinese companies (including Huawei) and with the threat of the Asian country to also retaliate against North American companies.
The problem with this threat is that many North American companies such as Apple, Amazon or Microsoft build their products in China, in fact, Apple has most of its production line in the Asian country under the supervision of Foxconn, therefore, according to a Reuters report, the people of Cupertino have asked Foxconn to move production of iPads and MacBooks from China to Vietnam.
Apple is one of Foxconn’s most important customers, so it is not unreasonable to think that Apple’s request will be executed by Foxconn as soon as possible.
When will the “Made in Vietnam” products arrive?
According to the source, the production of these products will move to the Vietnamese province of Bac Giang in the first half of 2021, so it would be at the end of 2022 when the first iPad and MacBook manufactured outside of China hit the market.
Currently Apple already makes the AirPods Pro in Vietnam, and apparently the plan is for all the company’s products to be made in this country, although the iPhone would be the last to move from Foxconn’s factories in China to Vietnam.
Recall that Apple already makes some iPhones in India, but this is not due to concerns about the trade war, but is done to comply with the regulations of this country.
On the other hand, Nikkei reported that Foxconn is planning an investment of 270 million dollars in Vietnam to expand its manufacturing capacity, which together with the Reuters report makes us think that it is part of Apple’s request to move the manufacture of Apple devices from China to Vietnam.