Foxconn and Pegatron are thinking of opening new factories in Mexico, according to recent rumors gathered by Reuters. At least in the case of Foxconn the target would be the production of Apple iPhone. There has long been talk of the Apple's intention to diversify its own supply chain, to avoid repeating the difficulties observed in the last period between the COVID-19 pandemic and the trade war between China and the USA.
A precise plan has not yet been outlined (or at least, it has not leaked) in relation to either company, however in general the idea is to simply build new factories dedicated to iPhones. It is worth noting that Foxconn already has five factories in Mexico: they mainly build televisions and servers. It is unclear whether Apple is directly involved in the decision-making process: at this early stage it seems not, but it could become so later. In any case, the green light for the operation should be given relatively quickly – for Foxconn it is expected by the end of 2020, with construction sites starting immediately after. As for Pegatron, however, we generally talk about factories to assemble chips and other components. It means a bit of everything and nothing, unfortunately – it could be Apple or other brands.
As one of the leading consumer electronics manufacturers in the world, Apple has suffered and is suffering from the current tense situation between the United States and China. It has been working for some time to spread its factories more – in particular it has focused on other Asian areas, including Vietnam, and India. Just a few days ago we reported how the Foxconn executives believe that China's "world factory" phase is now coming to an end. The challenge of a global supply chain is far from simple – especially from a logistics perspective.
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