Apple list shows European suppliers in 2020

Apple list shows European suppliers in 2020

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By Nick Flaherty

Apple has released its supplier list for 2020, with around 14 in the list coming from Europe out of over 200, dominated by China and Taiwan. The list details where companies have the manufacturing for the parts that are used across the Apple range, so includes mobile phones, earphones, laptops and desktop computers. however it doesn’t detail suppleirs of IP such as ARM.

STMicroelectronics delivers parts from its fabs in Catania and Agrate, in Italy as well as Crolles in France, while Robert Bosch in Germany is also a supplier. ams supplies its sensors from Styria in Austria while the list cites Infineon parts coming from Dresden and Bavaria in Germany as well as Carinthia in Austria.

LumiLEDs in Belgium supplies LEDs into Apple while Nexperia and NXP in Eindhoven are also semiconductor suppliers from European plants. AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik supplies printed circuit boards.

Materials and chemicals come from Solvay in France, Royal DSM in the Netherlands and Henkel in Bafen-Wuerttemberg as well as SABIC in Saudi Arabia. Renewable packaging comes from Stora Enso in Finland.

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Dialog Semiconductor uses foundries such as TSMC for its power management PMIC chips and so is listed separately.

Some European suppliers have fallen out of the list, including Irish power supply company Excelsys Technologies which was bought by Advanced Energy of the US since the last list in 2018.

Some US companies have UK and European production. Diodes makes some of the power devices for Apple at its fab in Manchester UK, while some intel chips are produced at Leixlip in Ireland and in Israel.  

Apple also uses a range of contract manufacturers. Foxconn is the best known, but Jabil Pegatron and Flex are also listed as is Quanta Computer.

Other notable suppliers include Maxim and its acquirer Analog Devices, II-VI, Alpha and Omega for power, Knowles for MEMS microphones, Microchip, Micron, Texas Instruments, Molex, Quorvo, Qualcomm for the wireless modems, Rohm and TDK.

Despite the US-China trade war, the number of Chinese companies supplying Apple has risen since the last report, overtaking Taiwanese suppliers. However, almost all the suppliers have Chinese operations, although Singapore Malaysia and Vietnam are increasingly being used in addition. 

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