Wednesday, 26 July 2017 06:38

Apple to build three manufacturing plants in US: Trump Featured

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Apple chief executive Tim Cook has committed to building three big manufacturing plants in the US, according to US President Donald Trump.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump said Cook had promised him that Apple would build “three big plants, beautiful plants", but did not specify where or when the plants would be built.

Apple has about 80,000 employees in the US and the company says it supports about two million jobs in all.

Last year, during the presidential campaign, Apple was criticised by Trump for outsourcing its manufacturing to factories in China.

After the election, Trump told Time magazine that he wanted Apple to build a great plant, your biggest and your best, even if it’s only a foot bigger than some place in China".

The WSJ said that a small proportion of Apple's products are made in the US on contract. Flex makes Mac computers in Austin, Texas, and Quanta Computer makes Macs in Fremont, California.

However, most Apple products are assembled in China, mainly by Foxconn Technology, which makes the iPhone and a number of other products.

Trump also said that Foxconn had plans to build a big plant in the US and was thinking of locating it in Wisconsin.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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