The tech giant increasingly finds itself beholden to America’s biggest geopolitical rival. But is diversification even possible?
This is a fascinating article on making iphones in China. Basically the whole infrastructure exists on such a big scale that no other country is in the same league as China.
“Look at the smartphone manufacturing hubs that China has created,” he says. “I don’t know where that can be replicated.”
Chan, the Foxconn labour researcher, predicts that as media attention dies down Apple will quietly increase its investments in the country. “China has so many advantages,” she says. “From the moderately educated and skilled workers to the really high level engineers and PhDs — those providing expertise in cutting-edge knowledge.”
Chan adds: “Apple would have too many difficulties to find the human resources and infrastructure that is parallel — or even close — to the scale provided in China.”From the Financial Times Article