Apple Suppliers

Apple Tells Suppliers to Follow China Labelling Laws on Taiwan Exports: Report

Apple is urging suppliers to make sure that all shipments from Taiwan to China follow Chinese customs regulations to avoid processing delays at the border — reports Nikkei Asia. As political tensions between China and Taiwan continue to rise, the former has started strictly enforcing a long-standing rule that requires Taiwan-made imports to be labelled...

Apple Supplier Broadcom Negotiating Deal for VMware

Apple supplier Broadcom is currently in talks to take over cloud-computing company and virtualization pioneer VMware — reports Bloomberg. Broadcom, primarily a chipmaker, manufactures hardware solutions for wireless communications and more in both consumer and enterprise products. The company is one of Apple's largest U.S.-based suppliers, providing Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and other wireless ships for the...

Apple Urges Suppliers to Expand Beyond China to Diversify Production

Apple is urging its contract manufacturers to expand production outside China as the company looks to reduce its dependence on the country following COVID-19 lockdowns and supply chain headwinds — reports The Wall Street Journal. The Cupertino, California-based tech giant is eyeing India and Vietnam — both of which currently make small contributions to Apple's...

Apple Supplier TSMC Seeks New Chip Factory in Singapore to Address Global Shortage

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the leading contract manufacturer of microprocessors in the world, is currently in talks to build a new semiconductor fabrication plant in Singapore — reports The Wall Street Journal. According to the publication's sources, the factory would be a multibillion-dollar project and TSMC has approached the government’s Economic Development Board to help...

Apple Supplier Foxconn Warns of Growth Slowdown Amid Inflation, Lower Demand

Apple supplier Foxconn on Thursday announced T$29.45 billion ($985.48 million USD) in net profit for the first quarter of the year, up 5% but slightly short of analyst estimates of T$29.76 billion — reports Reuters. Foxconn also warned that revenue from its electronics business, including smartphone production, could take a hit as the Taiwanese company's...

China Grants Apple Suppliers Priority for Resuming Production in Shanghai

According to a list released by the local government of Kunshan, a city in Jiangsu located 30 miles west of Shanghai, several major Apple suppliers have been given priority for factory restarts in the region, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. Covid-19 outbreaks have hit Shanghai and its neighboring regions hard over the last few weeks....

Apple Supplier TSMC Says Demand for Smartphones and PCs Dropping: Report

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), one of Apple's biggest suppliers and the largest chipmaker in the world, is seeing signs of slowing demand for smartphones, PCs, and other consumer electronics, the company's chairman said on Wednesday (via Nikkei Asia). The news comes just days after Apple was found to have cut production targets for its new...

Apple Announces $50 Million Supplier Employee Development Fund

[caption id="attachment_371176" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Image: Apple[/caption] Apple on Wednesday announced a $50 million USD Supplier Employee Development Fund to expand access to learning opportunities and skills development across its entire supply chain, and also amplify worker voices by supporting workers' rights programs. The tech giant has teamed up with the International Labor Organization (ILO), the...

How Suppliers Avoid Using Apple’s Name to Maintain Secrecy: Report

Apple's suppliers refrain from mentioning the company by name, not even in private conversations or their annual reports — reports The Wall Street Journal. It's no secret that Apple likes to keep its business hush-hush until it's ready to take a product to market, but just how much confidentiality does the tech giant expect from...

Apple Drops 12 Suppliers After ‘Conflict Minerals’ Audit Finds Violations

Apple on Wednesday filed the report for its "conflict mineral" audit for the year 2021 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) — reports CNet. The filing reveals that Cupertino severed ties with 12 refineries and smelting companies over suspicions that proceeds from their ore sales were being used to finance armed conflicts. According...

Suppliers Struggling to Meet Apple’s Strict Environmental Goals

According to a new report by DigiTimes, Apple's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 is putting pressure on its global supply chain (via MacRumors). The report notes that major component suppliers, such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), are struggling to keep up with the iPhone maker’s strict environmental goals.  Sources speaking to the...