by Anton Shilov
05/23/2013 | 09:28 PM
Chief executive officer of Apple this week revealed to the members of the U.S. Senate permanent subcommittee on investigations that the company has invested about $100 million into a production facility in Texas, which will assemble Macintosh computers. In addition, he said that components for the new PCs will be manufactured across various states.
“We are investing $100 million to build a Mac product line here in the U.S. The product will be assembled in Texas, include components made in Illinois and Florida, and rely on equipment produced in Kentucky and Michigan,” said Tim Cook to the Senate committee, reports AllThingsD web-site.
Previously it was reported that Apple’s plan to bring Mac production back to the U.S. is a joint project with Foxconn Electronics, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics equipment. Earlier it was unknown whether Apple wants to make new Macs in California, or Texas, two states where Foxconn has factories. Thanks to the comment made by Mr. Cook, it is now known that the new Apple PCs will be assembled in the Lone Star State.
In order to assembly personal computers and other electronics in high volumes the U.S., Foxconn will need to train engineers at its plants in China and then bring them back home. In addition, new assembly lines have to be built. To fund the U.S. manufacturing effort, Apple will spent $100 million, a considerable amount of money.
As it appears, the project includes a lot more than just assembly. Certain components of new Macs will actually be made in Illinois and Florida. Moreover, state-of-the-art Intel processors are also diffused in the U.S.
Currently there are some iMacs that carry “Assembled in the USA” label in the wild. Going forward, more Apple PCs will carry the same tag.
“We are really proud of [bringing manufacturing back to the U.S.]. We could have quickly maybe done just assembly, but it is broader because we wanted to do something more substantial. So we will literally invest over $100 million. This does not mean that Apple will do it ourselves, but we will be working with people, and we will be investing our money,” said Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, in an interview last year.