Apple can reportedly survive a China ban as Foxconn shifts to India

Apple can reportedly survive a China ban as Foxconn shifts to India

Apple can reportedly survive a China ban as Foxconn shifts to India

Apple can move iPhone manufacturing out of China if the Trump administration's trade war with Beijing escalates, its biggest manufacturer has said.

For those who don't know, Hon Hai Precision (aka Foxconn Technology Group or just Foxconn) is now the world's largest contract manufacturing company.

China is the source of most of Apple's iPhones and iPads as well as its largest worldwide market.

Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed confidence that the company's products will escape fallout from the trade war.

Most of Foxconn's factories are located in China, even though the company is headquartered in Taiwan, but in recent years, the tech giant has been making great efforts to expand and diversify its worldwide operations, from Brazil to Turkey, India, and the US. -Chinese trade spat gets grimmer and more unpredictable, board nominee and semiconductor division chief Young Liu told an investor briefing in Taipei on Tuesday.

Most iPhones are now produced in China, but Foxconn semiconductor division chief Young Liu apparently told investors Tuesday that 25% of its production capacity is outside the mainland - enough to satisfy the United States market.

Apple has not given Hon Hai instructions to move production out of China, but it is capable of moving lines elsewhere according to customers' needs, Liu added.

It's unclear if India will ever become a major production base for Apple's marquee device. Older models are already assembled at a Wistron plant in Bangalore.

The company has also promised to invest billions in a new USA manufacturing hub in Wisconsin, although the base is unlikely to produce iPhones.

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