Apple supplier Foxconn Technology Group is making a shift in its expansion plans to Wisconsin in the United States, where it will now produce small to medium-size displays for Apple and other customers. This is a change from its original plan of having the Wisconsin plant produce large television displays, and the move to smaller displays is said to help lower initial costs at the factory (via Nikkei).

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In total, Foxconn's Wisconsin plant will make displays for car infotainment systems, personal computers, tablets, smartphones, smaller televisions, and other "niche products." If the supplier kept on track with building large TV displays, the output would have required a "more complete" local supply chain lacking in the state, and a greater initial monetary investment for production equipment.

"Previously, Foxconn planned to build a 10.5th-generation display manufacturing factory, which is more suitable for large-sized displays," supply chain sources told Nikkei.

"But later they figured out that it might be more feasible and efficient to build a sixth-generation display plant or an 8.5th-generation factory from which they could move some equipment from Asia."

The incomplete local supply chain is believed to have been one of the bigger obstacles to Foxconn's large panel plans in Wisconsin. Sources speaking to Nikkei said, "It would require other companies like Corning to also set up a glass substrate facility nearby, as it's almost impossible to ship fragile, huge size glass materials from a distant place."

Foxconn has been open to building a facility in the U.S., with news becoming more frequent in late 2016 and the eventual Wisconsin home tipped by sources speaking with The Associated Press in June 2017. Foxconn confirmed the Wisconsin/TV display plant later in the summer, with plans of investing $10 billion into the location and initially employing 3,000 workers, with the potential to expand to as many as 13,000.

As Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed out in a recent interview, many parts of the iPhone are created in the U.S. (like the display glass and Face ID module), but the components manufactured in the U.S. are then shipped abroad, with devices assembled by suppliers like Foxconn in China. Because of this, Cook said: "It's not true that the iPhone is not made in the United States. We have always made the parts here. People just look at where the final product is assembled." In a global world, Cook explained, manufacturing and assembly needs to be done in a variety of places.

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Top Rated Comments

star_nerdy Avatar
45 months ago
A multinational company doesn’t suddenly realize, oh wait how will we ship products long distance?

They promised all these jobs and all this work, government gave them $3 billion in incentives, and now they’re saying never mind we’re going to do this other thing that’s cheaper.

Corporations don’t invest billions without due diligence. They knew what they were doing.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
919873 Avatar
45 months ago
As Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed out in a recent interview ('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/03/28/tim-cook-iphone-us-manufacturing/'), many parts of the iPhone are created in the U.S. (like the display glass and Face ID module), but the components manufactured in the U.S. are then shipped abroad, with devices assembled by suppliers like Foxconn in China. Because of this, Cook said: "It's not true that the iPhone is not made in the United States. We have always made the parts here. People just look at where the final product is assembled
Makes sense to me. Being assembled and made is different.

BMW assembles some (or all?) of their X line in the US, but I am sure people still refer to them as German made.

If there was a choice between US made parts being assembled in China, and Chinese made parts being assembled in the US, I would choose having the US made parts.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Scottsoapbox Avatar
45 months ago
10.5th? 8.5th?

Someone doesn't understand how 'th' works.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
69Mustang Avatar
45 months ago
This. It was obvious from the start that this thing wouldn't employ nearly as many as they'd claimed, nor bring about as large of return for the state of Wisconsin but they certainly fell for it and gave them a sweet deal.
You're 90% right. The 10% you're wrong about is Wisconsin "falling for it". They were complicit in the deception... probably helping to craft the deal to make it look as good as possible. Governments do it all the time with the most visible examples being enticements for sports teams and event.

Shocking! A company gets huge tax breaks then doesn’t live up to its end of the bargain. If only the government had the thought to put language in the agreement to claw back some of those breaks when the investment in WI wasn’t what was promised.
Never gonna happen. These deals are worked out together. Both sides know the grandiose proclamations are nothing more than PR.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ksec Avatar
45 months ago
There goes my hope of possible Apple TV set.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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