Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Tech Giant May Consider Manufacturing in Indonesia After Meeting with President Joko Widodo

By Trisha Andrada

Apr 17, 2024 08:10 AM EDT

Apple CEO Tim Cook (C) speaks alongside Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information Budi Arie Setiadi (R) and Indonesian Minister of Industry Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita (L) during a press conference after meeting with Indonesia's President Joko Widodo at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on April 17, 2024.
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Following a meeting with Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the business would "look at" production in the country amid its effort to shift its supply chain away from China.

"We talked about the president's desire to see manufacturing in the country and it's something that we will look at," Cook stated, according to CNBC.

Cook believes that the potential for investment in Indonesia is limitless. "I think that there's a lot of great places to invest. And we're investing. We believe in the country."

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Apple Rapidly Diversifying Its Manufacturing Base Beyond China

Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak revealed how dependent the iPhone giant was on China, which is the world's second-largest economy, Apple has been ramping up its efforts to diversify its production base outside the country for over the past three years.

Production and operations at Apple's primary iPhone plant in China, run by assembly partner Foxconn, were interrupted by COVID-19. After that, Apple started looking for other factories to partner with.

Vietnam has grown into one of Apple's most important production centers outside China, which is a major boon for the country. A number of Apple products are made there, including the iPad, Apple Watch, and MacBook. Al Jazeera reported Cook's recent visit to Vietnam, announcing its plans to boost investment in the nation.

There has also been an increase in Apple's production in India. According to a Bloomberg article, Apple has doubled its production in India from last year, increasing the volume of iPhones made there by about 1 in 7, or 14%.

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