Foxconn plants the seeds for US Apple manufacturing

Whether or not this is down to the so-called ‘Trump Effect’, according to the Australian Financial Review (AFR), Foxconn Technology Group, the biggest assembler of Apple devices, is currently in discussions to expand the company’s US manufacturing operations.

The news came only hours after an announcement by US President-elect Donald Trump and SoftBank Group’s Masayoshi Son to invest $US50 billion in the US and in turn, create 50,000 jobs.

“While the scope of the potential investment has not been determined, we will announce the details of any plans following the completion of direct discussions between our leadership and the relevant US officials,” Foxconn said in a statement to the AFR.

Foxconn assembles iPhones, iPads and other Apple hardware mostly in China, in addition to computers and appliances for a number of other global consumer electronics brands, including the likes of Samsung.

President-elect Trump has repeatedly called on Apple and other companies to move their production back to the US to help create jobs in the manufacturing sector.