Those last weeks, Apple Inc. has accelerated plans to shift some of its production out of China, long the dominant country in the supply chain that built the world’s most valuable company, say people involved in the talks. It tells suppliers to more actively plan assembly of Apple products elsewhere in Asia, particularly India and Vietnam, they say, and seeks to reduce reliance on Taiwanese assemblers run by foxcon Technology group.
The unrest in a place called iPhone City helped propel change at Apple. In the giant city of Zhengzhou, China, as many as 300,000 workers work in a factory run by Foxconn to make iPhones and other Apple products. At one point, it alone accounted for around 85% of the Pro line of iPhones, according to market research firm Counterpoint Research.