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As Apple looks to diversify its manufacturing base and reduce reliance on any one supplier, the company has taken steps to spread its MacBook Pro manufacturing among more suppliers in China. Despite efforts to move its manufacturing to India and Vietnam, Apple is still expanding its Chinese firms.
According to a report by IT Home, Wentai Technology has been mass-producing the MacBook Pro since the end of 2022. The company’s production capacity is reportedly rising rapidly, and it is increasing its labor force.
Citing the China Securities Network and unspecified sources within the supply chain, IT Home reports that Apple wants Wentai to eventually make 10% of the MacBook Pro’s total. The company’s aim is to have Foxconn make 35%, while Quanta produces 55%.
In addition to current MacBook Pro manufacturing, it’s claimed that Apple will gradually move production of the 13-inch MacBook Air to Wentai’s factory in Kunming, southwest China.
This report about Wentai Technology backs up previous expectations that the firm’s subsidiary Wingtech would take on MacBook Pro production. By expanding its manufacturing partners in China, Apple can mitigate supply chain risks and reduce costs while maintaining quality control.
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Apple has faced criticism for its reliance on Chinese manufacturers, particularly in light of the country’s human rights record. However, the company has maintained that it is committed to improving labor conditions and environmental sustainability in its supply chain.
As Apple continues to expand its manufacturing partners, it will be interesting to see how the company balances its commitment to ethical sourcing with its need for cost-effective and reliable production.