Apple Considers Expanding Manufacturing Base to Indonesia

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company is "looking at" potential manufacturing opportunities in Indonesia following his recent meeting with the country's president.

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‌Tim Cook‌ with Indonesian ministers (photo: AP Photo)

During the meeting with Joko Widodo, Cook highlighted the mutual interest in boosting local manufacturing to support Indonesia's economic growth. "We talked about the president's desire to see manufacturing in the country, and it's something that we will look out," Cook later told reporters.

Indonesia has been actively seeking to attract foreign manufacturing to power its economic development, with the Widodo administration pushing to become a new hub for international business. This offers new openings for Apple as it pursues its strategy to reduce reliance on Chinese manufacturing, which is mainly operated by its assembly partner Foxconn.

Apple seeks to diversify its supply chain in the face of geopolitical tensions, economic slowdown, and other risks such as production disruptions caused by China's COVID lockdowns. With production shifts already opened in Vietnam and India, Apple is exploring further expansion in Southeast Asia.

"I think the investment ability in Indonesia is endless. There are many great places to invest, and we're investing. We believe in the country," Cook added.

The meeting came shortly after Cook's visit to Vietnam, where he met with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh. In Hanoi, Cook outlined plans to deepen Apple's investment and increase expenditures with local suppliers, reinforcing the company's commitment to enhancing its presence in the region.

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victorvictoria Avatar
6 weeks ago

apple looking to chew and spit out another distant underpaid workforce
Apple looking to keep the price of your next iPhone below $5,000…
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mozumder Avatar
6 weeks ago

Shame on Apple for not bringing manufacturing to the US.
lol Americans don't want to work manual labor.

We trained our labor force to work office jobs, which means work-from-home jobs now.
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threesixty360 Avatar
6 weeks ago
Would it not make sense for the big American tech firms to work together to establish production facilities in some of the cheaper areas of the USA or even the Caribbean etc? Places they have influence over. I get that China already has a lot of expertise there, but that was built up over time. In 10-15 yrs Apple, dell, HP, Google and meta etc could build equivalent manufacturing at home.

With govt help surely that’s possible? What are the downsides? As long as there is a mandate for keeping real estate costs down for workers it could work. Or is America just too expensive forever now?
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erikkfi Avatar
6 weeks ago
Shame on Apple for not bringing manufacturing to the US.
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HarryPot Avatar
6 weeks ago
I know the ideal is for Apple to move to the United States, but from a cost standpoint, that is highly unlikely. But wouldn't Mexico make more sense?
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Geoffb9 Avatar
6 weeks ago

Shame on Apple for not bringing manufacturing to the US.
Would you pay $5000 for an iPhone? I doubt. You’ll be first inline to complain about high prices.
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