TAIPEI: Apple Inc is in talks with suppliers to make MacBooks in Thailand as the company continues to expand its manufacturing footprint outside of China, according to reports on Thursday.
Suppliers who are participating in these talks have existing manufacturing complexes in Thailand for other clients and are discussing possible assembly and production of components and modules for MacBooks, sources from three suppliers directly involved in the conversations with Apple told Nikkei.
Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
Apple and its key suppliers have been shifting production away from China as they seek to avoid a potential hit to business from mounting Sino-United States trade frictions.
The new MacBook Air is unveiled during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, on June 6, 2022. (Photo: Bloomberg)