Foxconn currently has manufacturing plants for Sony and HP in Jundiai and is said to be preparing for a third in 2013 after receiving substantial investments, 9to5 Mac reports.
It is widely known that Apple has had trouble in the past to meet demand, and have subsequently been working to improve its supply chain, a topic which was addressed by Tim Cooke during Apple’s First Quarter results. In light of the recent earthquake in Japan companies, like Apple, have had to re-evaluate risk in their supply chains. The focus has shifted to finding a back-up system, should just-in-case scenarios like the one in Japan occur. This involves adding inventories and second suppliers to reduce risk.
The New York Times has posted a report on the difficulties of meeting demand following the earthquake and its effect on supply chains. Tony Fadell, a former senior Apple executive who led the iPod and iPhone design teams, commented on the problems Apple is currently facing in the article:
“There are all kinds of little specialised parts without second sources, like connectors, speakers, microphones, batteries and sensors that don’t get the love they deserve. Many are from Japan.”
This is an issue that has already seen delays in the release of Apple products, the iPad 2 in Japan is the most recent.
According to Redebomdia of Brazil, Foxconn ‘have already commissioned studies for the implementation of a third line at its plant in Jundiai.’
This news has not been confirmed by Apple’s Brazilian headquarters , which already has an agreement with Foxconn to manufacture their products in China.
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