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Asian manufacturers dominate Apple's supplier list

Apple's newly released supplier list includes over 600 Asian companies, but also has US and European companies.

Apple has been under intense scrutiny with regards to their manufacturing processes, especially with rumors of long working hours and poor compliance with safety and health regulations. The allegations have heavily centered around the large Foxconn plant which takes care of most of Apple's production, and the company does what it can to dispel these notions.

As part of these efforts, Apple releases an annual list of suppliers, detailing the various companies they deal with across the globe. To nobody's surprise, the majority of suppliers exist in Asia, accounting for over 600 of the 784, with 331 of those in China. On the other hand, the rest of the globe isn't exactly neglected, with the US contributing 76 companies and Germany and the UK adding at least 7 each.

Furthermore, the good folks over at Chinafile compiled all the suppliers into an interactive map, which displays the spread of companies on a world map. The actual map can be found in the links below, and is definitely interesting to peruse.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/Omar Al-Qudsi, 2013-02-18 (Update: 2013-02-18)