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Supply Chain

Apple to shift iPad capacity to Vietnam amid China supply chain woes

U.S. tech giant asks suppliers to build up extra inventory as contingency plan

An Apple store in Shanghai. Apple is leaning on its suppliers to make extra components, a request that would be risky for any supplier to fully comply with.   © AFP/Jiji

TAIPEI -- For the first time ever Apple is moving some iPad production out of China and shifting it to Vietnam after strict COVID lockdowns in and around Shanghai led to months of supply chain disruptions, Nikkei Asia has learned.

The U.S. company has also asked multiple component suppliers to build up their inventories to guard against future shortages and supply snags, sources said.

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