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AirPod maker Inventec has alternatives to China production, executive says

Taiwanese supplier touts Shanghai location as advantage over inland rival

Taiwan's Inventec competes with mainland company Luxshare for orders to assemble Apple's AirPods.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwan-based AirPods assembler Inventec says its manufacturing sites outside of Asia provide an edge amid the escalating trade war, as its biggest rival's production hubs are concentrated in mainland China.

"We have plants in Taiwan, Mexico and Czech Republic, and that flexibility gives us an advantage compared with our competitor," David Ho, CEO of Inventec Appliances, the Taiwanese company's smart devices subsidiary, said in an investors conference Tuesday.

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