India’s decision to defer manufacturing tariffs could help Apple

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More and more Apple suppliers are considering building devices in India, and a new concession might make that possibility even more plausible.

According to a new report, India has deferred a plan which would have introduced tax on touch panel imports. These tariffs were supposed to be introduced in February, but have supposedly been delayed until at least April 2020. This follows lobbying from smartphone makers.

Foxconn will fulfill promise to create thousands of jobs in Wisconsin

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Foxconn and University Wisconsin officials signing a deal for a research center.
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Apple supplier Foxconn may be rethinking its U.S. manufacturing plans in Wisconsin, but the Taiwan-based company wants people to know it’s serious about delivering the jobs it promised.

Responding to a recent report, Foxconn says it will keep its promise to create 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin.

Sharp wants a piece of iPhone OLED manufacturing

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Foxconn-owned manufacturer is looking to get in on building high quality displays for Apple.
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Japanese electronics firm Sharp, owned by Apple supplier Foxconn, is supposedly working to enter the supply chain for future iPhones boasting OLED displays.

The news comes shortly after a report claiming that Apple plans to include all OLED displays in its 2020 iPhone lineup. Currently it includes a mix of LCD and OLED models. As a result of the increased focus on OLED displays, a number of companies are supposedly gearing up their OLED panel production capability.

Apple wants tax incentives to boost iPhone assembly in India

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One of the first iPhones "assembled in India."
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Apple is hoping to secure new tax incentives in India that will allow it to increase local iPhone production and export more devices to be sold in other countries.

The company has teamed up with other large names in the Indian Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) to propose a raise in export credits on smartphone shipments, as well as tariff cuts on imports of components and machinery.

The group argues that manufacturing growth cannot be sustained and accelerated without the changes.

Foxconn hiring spree allays some iPhone fears

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A top iPhone maker hiring thousands of new people is a strong sign that sales aren’t in a freefall.
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A recent unconfirmed report indicated that Foxconn, who produces handsets for Apple, had laid off thousands of employees. But the company itself says it’s actually hiring 50,000 people, a sign that iPhone sales aren’t a weak as some fear.

Still, there are indications of a slowdown in Foxconn production, just not a dramatic one.

Foxconn gets more serious about assembling iPhones in India

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Apple supplier Foxconn is reportedly showing more interest in manufacturing iPhones in India, a new report claims.

The move would reduce Apple’s reliance on China at a time in which turbulence in the Chinese market, both from customers and potentially trade tariffs, is causing headaches in Cupertino.

Foxconn cuts 50,000 workers early as iPhone struggles

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Apple knows the iPhone is getting too expensive.
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Foxconn, Apple’s largest manufacturing partner, has cut 50,000 workers ahead of schedule as a result of weak iPhone demand.

The first cuts came last October, months before Foxconn typically scales back its workforce in preparation for slow season, according to a source familiar with the move. It is believed that Foxconn isn’t the only Apple supplier making cuts, either.

Slowing iPhone sales cause Apple suppliers to suffer

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It’s not just Apple that’s feeling the impact.
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Slowing iPhone sales aren’t just bad news for Apple.

Foxconn, the company’s largest manufacturing partner, is also suffering as a result of weakening iPhone demand, with revenue for December falling 8.3 percent year-over-year.

It’s the first time Foxconn has experienced a drop in revenue in almost a year.

Foxconn will start building flagship iPhones in India in 2019

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Apple is ramping up its investment in India.
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Apple is expanding iPhone manufacturing in India, including building its flagship handsets, a new report claims. This will supposedly be carried out at a Foxconn plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

To accommodate the new manufacturing lines, Foxconn will invest an additional $356 million to expand the factory. At present, it builds phones for Xiaomi at the plant.

iPhone suppliers could leave China if trade tariff hits 25%

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Apple will look to avoid iPhone import levies above 10%.
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iPhone suppliers will reportedly consider moving away from China is U.S. trade tariffs hit 25 percent.

Sources say they will remain even if the U.S. introduces a 10 percent tax on smartphones, but they could be forced to “reassess the situation” should the Trump administration impose a higher rate on imported goods.