Apple Moves Mac Pro Production to China Amidst Rising Trade Tensions

As per a report on WSJ, Apple is to shifting Mac Pro production from the U.S to China. Apple had unveiled the Mac Pro earlier this month and the flagship device from Apple starts at $6000.

We saw this move coming as Apple had already warned about the escalating trade wars. Apple had also warned that the newly imposed tariffs on China will have an adverse effect on its contribution to the U.S economy. It is no secret that Apple is mulling shifting some of its production outside of China and even the outgoing Foxconn chief had suggested Apple relocate its facilities outside China.

That being said, shifting Mac Pro assembly from the U.S to China will help bring down shipping costs. The assembly will be shifted to Shanghai factory which is apparently closer to Apple’s other suppliers. Apple has partnered with Quanta Computers for the new Mac Pro assembly. Meanwhile, Apple assures that Mac Pro is designed and engineered in the U.S and is fitted with components manufactured in the U.S.

We’re proud to support manufacturing facilities in 30 U.S. states and last year we spent $60 billion with over 9,000 suppliers across the US. Our investment and innovation support 2 million American jobs. Final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process.

If trade tensions escalate further, Apple may be forced to move the Mac Pro assembly outside China. The report also says that the production might be moved to other countries like Ireland. On the brighter side, moving the Mac Pro production to China might not affect the workers in the Texas plant. According to the WSJ report, Flex workforce has been reassigned to refurbish computers while working for other companies like HP.

[via WSJ]