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  • Apple Products May Soon Be Manufactured in Brazil


    With Apple’s ever expanding array of consumer products, rumors are circulating that Foxconn may be preparing to open a new manufacturing plant in Brazil to keep up with demand for Apple products. According to a study cited by the Secretary for Economic Development of Jundiai during a recent ceremony, the plant is expected to be located in Jundiai, a city in São Paulo, Brazil. Foxconn already has plants in Jundiai manufacturing products for HP and Sony. Expanding this operation to include new plants to produce Apple products, does make sense, however.

    Foxconn currently does all of its Apple manufacturing at its plants in China. It's unclear why Foxconn would want to move some of its Apple manufacturing to Brazil. When Foxconn was recently questioned about this, they would neither confirm nor deny this rumor.

    Foxconn isn’t the only company who would like to see Apple manufacture products in São Paulo, as Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista has stated that he's willing to pay $1.6 billion to build a plant in his country. Because Foxconn already has manufacturing plants in Brazil, they may simply want to diversify their manufacturing operations.

    With natural disasters seemingly on the rise, manufacturing a majority of products at one location may not be a wise business strategy anymore. Building products in more than one location ensures that there will always be a steady supply of products available, no matter what situations may arise globally. Hopefully, if this rumor is true, it will allow Apple to lower its prices.

    Source: Mac Magazine
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Products May Soon Be Manufactured in Brazil started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. nutz's Avatar
      nutz -
      Quote Originally Posted by shirwan72 View Post
      It will probably work quite well, Brazil has it's fair share of sweat shops!!!
      If you examine wages/hour I will safely say at least 80% of the working population in Brazil can be considered under sweatshop regime


      As for product quality, that's what processes are for.

      It doesn't matter if the (human) parts of the assembly line are educated, dumb, sloppy or numb, the processes in place guarantee the product will always have the same characteristics.

      Look up 'six sigma' before thinking one large electronics corporation's sweatshop (Brazilian) would be worse than another (Chinese).
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      True dat.
    1. Sem656's Avatar
      Sem656 -
      Lol lower their prices. How can he write articles about apple if he knows nothing about them?
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I think this is a good idea as long as its good for the workers... Foxconn can't keep up now when new products come out... Look at the iPad 2... one has to wait four to five weeks to get one....
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      apples gotta do everything they can to spread business because ya know the whole S, Jobs situation

      They try to unveil new things quick and efficiently, and try to spread business. It is because of the Jobs situation and the APPL stocks dropping in some countries.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I wonder if this has anything to do with Obama going down to Brazil.
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      Lol maybe trying to give president apple products and some coverage down their
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by nutz View Post
      Not to mention all the Brazilian disease embedded in the products and their packaging (especially adhesive tapes), that will hopefully hit the xenophobic types like you.
      I hope we luck out and get a few smokin hot brazilian babes that happen to get trapped inside the box ;-)

      EDIT: oh yeah, to address the pricing issue. apple won't lower the price because they don't have to. in fact they may not be inclined to have the shelves always stocked with ipads. they may want to get the wait time down to 1 week or 2 tops but that demand is exactly what helps generate sales. the illusion of unavailability makes it that much more attractive since it generates a fake sense of exclusivity even though eventually everyone can get one given enough time and/or searching.
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      That was completely off-topic. If want to talk about "hot smoking brazilan babes" then go talk about
      somewhere else.
    1. shirwan72's Avatar
      shirwan72 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nutz View Post
      If you examine wages/hour I will safely say at least 80% of the working population in Brazil can be considered under sweatshop regime


      As for product quality, that's what processes are for.

      It doesn't matter if the (human) parts of the assembly line are educated, dumb, sloppy or numb, the processes in place guarantee the product will always have the same characteristics.

      Look up 'six sigma' before thinking one large electronics corporation's sweatshop (Brazilian) would be worse than another (Chinese).
      I didn't comment on quality of product assembly or quality assurance. but you basically agreed with my point of cheap labour. I am very well versed with the six sigma model, it's not rocket science.
    1. psko's Avatar
      psko -
      Apple products aren't getting any cheaper..

      Production costs in Brazil are wayyy higher than in China. Labor cost in Brazil is much higher than in China (more than 2x), not to mention much higher taxes also...

      very very weird...
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Brazil is the next economic powerhouse.
      Lots of natural resources, lots of cheap labor.

      It is getting harder to find workers in China now, especially now Foxconn is one of the company that pay high wages to employee in China. Hard to cut cost as well when you are a company that pays so high compare to other companies in China.

      I would start learning Portuguese guys, that is the next big job market.
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      Not for sure. Brazil needs to diversify resources, but the Amazon Rainforest does provide 1/5 of freshwater and 1/3 of oxygen for the world so Brazil is a pretty wealthy country! Plus the Foxconn suicides made a sudden decrease of production of Apple products.
    1. nutz's Avatar
      nutz -
      Quote Originally Posted by shirwan72 View Post
      I didn't comment on quality of product assembly or quality assurance. but you basically agreed with my point of cheap labour. I am very well versed with the six sigma model, it's not rocket science.
      My bad, the comment on product quality shouldn't have been part of my reply to you, it was intended as a response for a previous post on that subject.

      I did agree with your comment on low wages.
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      Cheap labour in Brazil. Low wages, too.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by swifty7 View Post
      I wonder if the building of these new facilities means the destruction of natural habitat.
      It doesn't matter. Whether Foxconn moves down there, or CheapChinaCrapCo moves, the Brazilian government keeps authorising the burning of rainforest for farms and homes.
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      Destruction of natural habitat is a sure way to cut off photosynthesis, and hurt our planet. The rain forest has
      suffered enough. Once alot of the vegetation is gone we won't be able to discover new cures, or our planet will
      soon become a uninhabital one.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gr0undBreak1ng View Post
      Destruction of natural habitat is a sure way to cut off photosynthesis, and hurt our planet. The rain forest has
      suffered enough. Once alot of the vegetation is gone we won't be able to discover new cures, or our planet will
      soon become a uninhabital one.
      We already use more oxygen than the plant life on earth gives... This is why deserts are expanding, and Acid Rain is such a problem.

      Brazil needs to learn from the Japanese, and put those techniques to use in areas that are already deforested, rather than continuous expansion into the rainforest.
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      Quote Originally Posted by CynicalDriver View Post
      We already use more oxygen than the plant life on earth gives... This is why deserts are expanding, and Acid Rain is such a problem.

      Brazil needs to learn from the Japanese, and put those techniques to use in areas that are already deforested, rather than continuous expansion into the rainforest.
      Exactly. Brazil seriously needs to learbl
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gr0undBreak1ng View Post
      Exactly. Brazil seriously needs to learbl
      Learbl? lol