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AirPods Pro suppliers reportedly expanding production in Vietnam

Airpods Pro may soon be manufactured in Vietnam (Image source: Apple)
Airpods Pro may soon be manufactured in Vietnam (Image source: Apple)
Apple suppliers Goertek and Luxshare are reportedly seeking financing to invest in Vietnamese AirPods Pro manufacturing. In the context of the ongoing US-China trade war and rising wages in China, this marks another instance of production shifting from China to neighbouring lower-wage countries.

Of late, Apple has been shifting a significant amount of its supply chain away from China and towards countries like Vietnam and India. As wages continue to rise in China, and in the context of the ongoing US-China trade war, the move to lower-wage economies potentially benefits Apple's bottom line and mitigates risks.

An Appleinder report indicates that Goertek and Luxshare, key Apple Airpods suppliers, are seeking capital to invest in AirPods Pro manufacturing facilities in Vietnam.

The move to Vietnam isn't a kneejerk response to the trade war. Goertek has been manufacturing Lightning cables and wired EarPods at their Vietnam facilities for several years. Trial AirPods manufacturing began in the country in July.

One possible reason for shifting production is to save on costs. The Information reports that wages in Vietnam are just 1/3 of those in China, significantly reducing production overhead for AirPods. As China becomes an increasingly expensive manufacturing location, and as factors like the trade war introduce an element of business uncertainty, we might see more production shift to neighboring countries. A case in point is Foxconn's expanding presence in India, with their Chennai facilities reportedly manufacturing iPhone XRs for the Indian market.

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2019-12-26 (Update: 2019-12-26)
Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - News Editor
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.