Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) plans to manufacture Apple Watch smartwatches and MacBook Pro laptops in Vietnam, a move that follows a general trend in recent years of moving part of its production from China to this Southeast Asian country, Asia Nikkei revealed on Wednesday.
According to the Japanese newspaper, the Chinese company Luxshare Precision and the Taiwanese company Foxconn (TW: 2354 ) have begun trial manufacturing of the Apple Watch in a factory in northern Vietnam with the intention of moving part of its production outside of China for the first time.
On the other hand, Apple has also asked its suppliers to start a test production line for MacBook Pros in Vietnam, but the transfer of large-scale manufacturing has been slowed down due to problems linked to the pandemic and the complexity of the chains. of supply needed.
These decisions follow others by Apple in the same direction in recent years, in which Vietnam has become its second production center behind China, with the manufacture of products such as iPad tablets or AirPod wireless headphones.
AirPods were the first flagship product whose production was moved to Vietnam, shortly before the start of the pandemic, following in the footsteps of other leading American companies in the face of tariffs imposed by the Donald Trump Administration on Chinese imports.
So far, the Biden Administration has not changed the import rates on Chinese products, which, together with the lower cost of labor in Vietnam, explains why the transfers continue.