Apple is said to be in talks with suppliers to make its MacBook units in Thailand, according to a report by Nikkei Asia, citing unnamed sources.
According to the sources, the tech manufacturer is already discussing the possible assembly and production of components and modules for MacBooks with potential three suppliers in Thailand. If successful, Apple's Macbook suppliers will join its Apple Watch suppliers who have already been operating in the country for over a year.
This development underscores the company's ongoing efforts to expand its manufacturing presence away from China, after a strict zero-COVID-19 policy disrupted production at its biggest iPhone factory, Foxconn, last year. The company has since been exploring some other options with suppliers in India and other South East Asain countries as an alternative production base to China.
As part of its significant expansion away from the country, its biggest iPhone supplier, Foxconn, in March invested $700 million to build a new plant in India. In related news, the company increased its production of iPhones in India to nearly 7% and reportedly assembled more than $7 billion worth of iPhones in the country, a significant jump from the estimated 1% of iPhones produced in the country in 2021.