Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Vblock™ Systems:
Advanced converged infrastructure
increases productivity & lowers costs.

www.vce.com
Apple/Mac
24/7/365 Network Uptime
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Apple, Focusing on U.S., Sets Up Plant in Arizona
Apple, Focusing on U.S., Sets Up Plant in Arizona

By Barry Levine
November 5, 2013 2:34PM

    Bookmark and Share
The Arizona facility purchase is being made by Apple to house manufacturing for one of Apple's suppliers, GT Advanced Technologies Inc. Apple is purchasing the building and will then lease it to GT. Apple has not said what the plant will make, but the New Hampshire-based GT said it would be manufacturing sapphire glass for Apple next year.
 



As part of its announced effort to bring back to the U.S. some of its manufacturing jobs, Apple said Monday that it would open a plant in Arizona. The facility, located in Mesa, is expected to employ at least 700 people, with possibly more jobs added later.

Additionally, about 1,300 construction and associated jobs will be created. Apple will purchase a currently vacant plant in east Mesa that had housed First Solar Inc., which has had to reduce its manufacturing plans because of a global oversupply of solar panels.

The purchase is being made to house manufacturing for one of Apple's suppliers, GT Advanced Technologies Inc. Apple is purchasing the building and will then lease it to GT. Two years ago, Apple had researched facilities in the Phoenix area, but ended up setting up a larger facility in Austin, Texas, spending an estimated $280 million on a 39-acre campus. Neither the Mesa or Arizona governments, nor Apple, have yet disclosed any tax or other incentives that were granted to lure the company to Mesa.

Sapphire Glass

Apple has not said what the plant will make, but the New Hampshire-based GT Advanced Technologies announced Monday that it would be manufacturing sapphire glass for Apple at an Arizona plant, beginning next year. That kind of glass is used by the technology giant to cover the fingerprint sensors and camera lenses in its iPhone 5S.

GT usually sells equipment for the production of sapphire glass, but the company has said that making the sapphire glass for Apple is a steadier business. Reportedly, GT has lost about $45 million so far in 2013. Apple's arrangement is a prepayment of $578 million for the sapphire glass, which GT will begin repaying in 2020 either as a credit for Apple's purchase of its products, or as cash.

While Apple currently has some manufacturing in its home country, the assembly of its products is mostly done in facilities in Asia.

'Assembled in the U.S.'

But there are indications the company is beginning to place more of an emphasis on American manufacturing, such as in the soon-on-sale Mac Pro, which touts that it was "assembled in the U.S." At the new Mac Pro's launch in October, Apple revealed it is building those computers in the U.S.

Developing more of a manufacturing base in the U.S. not only allows the company to tout its patriotic sensibilities, but to better develop facilities and a manufacturing workforce that are nearer to its headquarters, in the event that political, economic or environmental events suddenly made foreign manufacturing more difficult.

Some Apple-watchers have speculated that the placement of the facility in Arizona makes it likely the sapphire glass will be sent to Juarez, Mexico, where a large factory managed by Apple supplier Foxconn Technology Group could sub-assemble it, or even integrate it into products.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, information services, financial services, retail, media and advertising sectors. Neustar applies its advanced, secure technologies in location, identification, and evaluation to help its customers promote and protect their businesses. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.


 Apple/Mac
1.   Google, Rockstar Suit Stays in Calif.
2.   Samsung Tech Experts Talk Patents
3.   Phones Annoy Patent Trial Judge
4.   Apple vs. Samsung: Latest News
5.   Hey Siri, Can You Hear Me Now?


advertisement
Google, Rockstar Suit Stays in Calif.
Judge not fooled by Apple's tricks.
Average Rating:
Phones Annoy Patent Trial Judge
Disrupting Apple-Samsung proceedings.
Average Rating:
Finding Apple-Samsung Jury Hard
Locals have strong opinions on case.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug leaked will come at a very hefty price.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Google Releases Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android
You're out on a sales call, and use your Android mobile device to grab a file you have back at the office on your desktop. That's a bit easier now with Google's Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android.
 
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
 
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 billion, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.