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Apple considers moving 15% to 30% of its manufacturing out of China – news

Apple is considering moving its production capacity from China to Southeast Asia, Nikkei Asian Review reported. Company representatives are discussing with suppliers how much of the capacity can be moved outside of China due to the uncertainty caused by the tensions between Washington and Beijing. Cupertino is looking to move between 15% and 30% of all production, “with or without the final round of $300 billion tariffs”. China has been the main base for Apple’s global success, but one executive was quoted saying that “lower birthrate, higher labor costs and the risk of overly centralizing its production in one country” made Apple consider diversification. This wouldn’t happen in China since the state government already invested heavily in infrastructure, water, utilities, and even dormitories for workers, making it even harder for Apple to leave.

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