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Old 11-06-2013, 04:31 AM   #1
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Apple to Build Manufacturing Plant in Arizona

If you've fumed over Apple's partnership with the notorious Chinese-worker-exploitative company, Foxconn, then fume slightly less: Apple has shifted its supply chain from FC to Pegatron and is now building a manufacturing plant in Good Olde Arizona which will specialize in sapphire glass.

A few story sources:

The Guardian

MacRumors report

CNet Report

Bloomberg

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Old 11-06-2013, 05:05 AM   #2
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It's supposed to make 2,000 jobs apparently.
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Old 11-06-2013, 05:56 AM   #3
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:10 AM   #4
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It will create 700 manufacturing jobs and 1300 construction jobs. I imagine they threw out the 2,000 number to match Motorola's Texas workforce.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...9A401I20131105

I'm not an Apple fan, and this is not at the level of what Motorola has done in Texas, but regardless it's nice to see.
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:03 AM   #5
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Great news. I am thrilled to see that companies are returning to the US. I hope that the same can be said for Europe.

Now for the wave of people and reports who are going to say that they are not paying $30 an hour but $10 an hour like we have seen when other manufacturing has returned to the US.

Note: Many of the foreign owned companies started to manufacture in the US after NAFTA because they could avoid paying certain tariffs making it affordable to build in the US. While Apples move is not NAFTA related, I would put good money on the reason being that the cost to build in China and ship to the US is about the same as building in US now and so it is a good PR move.
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:02 PM   #6
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While Apples move is not NAFTA related, I would put good money on the reason being that the cost to build in China and ship to the US is about the same as building in US now and so it is a good PR move.
This is a sapphire crystal factory. Which I assume will mean they will make the parts here, ship them to China, then ship the completed devices out from there.
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:15 PM   #7
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Didn't Apple open a factory in the US that will sell a computer made here? It could be supplying that factory as well.
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:14 PM   #8
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Apple (and many others) used to make product right here in the Silicon Valley.
Then everyone move manufacturing out of California to avoid high taxes and heavy handed regulation.
Go Arizona (a right to work state)
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:08 PM   #9
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Didn't Apple open a factory in the US that will sell a computer made here? It could be supplying that factory as well.
Yes, they will be, but sapphire is used on the fingerprint reader and camera. I suppose they could add the fingerprint reader to desktops.
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If you've fumed over Apple's partnership with the notorious Chinese-worker-exploitative company, Foxconn, then fume no more: Apple has ended its relationship with FC . . .
If true, this would be a blow to the economies of both China and Taiwan, and thus would be reported in the New York Times and Washington Post. Until it is, I don't believe it.
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Apple has ended its relationship with FC
Last I read they dropped Foxconn and went with Pegatron for some manufacturing, but haven't seen where they dropped then completely & I know nothing about Pegatron.
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Last I read they dropped Foxconn and went with Pegatron for some manufacturing, but haven't seen where they dropped then completely & I know nothing about Pegatron.
Foxconn has something like 3-400000 workers if apple can replace them with 2000 workers it would be mind boggling. Apple move away from Foxconn has less to do with worker exploitation and more to do with Foxconn plans on becoming a direct device seller like Samsung and becoming Apples direct competitor.
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Last I read they dropped Foxconn and went with Pegatron for some manufacturing, but haven't seen where they dropped then completely & I know nothing about Pegatron.
You're completely right; thanks for pointing that out! When I was in the middle of posting the story, someone handed me an article to edit on a deadline, so I didn't verify my initial impression as I normally do. Yesterday involved voting and monitoring the results (which we won't talk about here), so I hadn't returned to this thread until just now.

I've adjusted the language of the initial post accordingly. Thanks again!

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Foxconn has something like 3-400000 workers if apple can replace them with 2000 workers it would be mind boggling. Apple move away from Foxconn has less to do with worker exploitation and more to do with Foxconn plans on becoming a direct device seller like Samsung and becoming Apples direct competitor.
Foxconn has more than 1 mio workers working for every single major electronics brand, not just Apple. The 2000 in the US will at most replace 2000 in China, so it is not a big deal --- you can't easily find new workers in China,anyway. Wages in China are going through the roof. And they have expanded into other areas. Their parent company just bought a 4G license in Taiwan.

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