Apple has plans to begin assembling MacBook models in Vietnam for the first time next year, says a report by Nikkei Asia. Foxconn could begin producing MacBooks in the country as early as May 2023, says the report’s sources.
Taiwan’s Foxconn was granted a license in January 2021 to construct a $270 million plant in Vietnam for the purpose of manufacturing MacBooks and iPads.
As shared by MacRumors, Fukang Technology will develop the new factory, which will be located in the northern Vietnamese province of Bac Giang. The location is expected to have the capacity to produce eight million laptops and tablets annually.
Apple has been working to diversify its supply chains by adding production sites outside of China for all of its major product lines, with Vietnam becoming a major benefactor.
In addition to Apple Watch and MacBook production, Apple is also said to be potentially moving HomePod production to Vietnam.