31 May '12, 2am
Apple may have difficulty establishing assembly lines in the US in the short term
Apple may have difficulty establishing assembly lines in the US in the short term Aaron Lee, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Thursday 31 May 2012] Although Apple CEO Tim Cooks recently commented that he hoped more of Apple's production lines can move back to the US in the future, sources from the upstream supply chain pointed out that idea will be highly difficult to achieve in a short term since Apple's current supply chain is mostly located in Asia and if the company decides to conduct assembly in the US, costs to transport components will be too high. The sources also pointed out that if Apple decides to move its production lines from China to the US, the US's high wage rates will be also an issue that could greatly boost Apple's cost. Since moving a supply chain from one place to another takes time, while enterprises are mainly concerned about costs, if there is no pro...