Apple Names Product Assemblers in Boost to Supplier TransparencyTim Culpan
Apple Inc. named the final assemblers of each of its products as the world’s most valuable company boosts the transparency of its global supply chain.
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics, was identified as making iPads, iPhones, iPods, Macs and accessories at seven locations globally, including Jundiai in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state. Apple and Quanta Computer Inc. assemble Macs in Ireland and Fremont, California, according to the report released today.
The decision to publish names and addresses of the top 200 materials, components and final-assembly suppliers expands on Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook’s moves last year to loosen the secrecy surrounding production and conditions linked to the Cupertino, California-based company. The list was published on Apple’s website as its annual Supplier Responsibility Report outlines moves to raise labor and environmental standards.
Hon Hai, flagship of Terry Gou’s Foxconn Technology Group, assembles Apple devices at six locations in China in addition to iPads and iPhones in Brazil. Pegatron Corp., based in Taipei, makes iPads and iPhones in Shanghai, according to the list.
Quanta, based in Taouyuan, Taiwan, also produces Macs in Shanghai and iPods in Jiangsu, China. Inventec Appliances Corp., based in New Taipei City, makes iPods and accessories in Shanghai.
Apart from Apple’s own facility, the only non-Taiwanese assembler is Cork, Ireland-based PCH International, which makes accessories.
Analysts and investors use data from suppliers to estimate demand and sales for Apple’s end products.
Japan’s Sharp Corp. and Japan Display Inc., Taiwan’s AU Optronics Corp. and Innolux Corp., and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Display Co., each makers of display panels, were on the broader list of materials and components suppliers. The list didn’t specify what products were purchased from each company.
Apple first published a list of suppliers last year, without saying what they made or where the products were manufactured.