- Three Chinese companies named by Nikkei as new Apple parts providers
- Supplier Foxconn probing rival Luxshare for Chinese support
Apple Inc is working with more Chinese suppliers to produce its latest iPhones, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper said on Wednesday, as a tech feud stemming from a trade war with the US prompts Beijing to strengthen domestic firms.
Luxshare Precision Industry is set to build up to 3% of the upcoming iPhone 13 series, and two firms it acquired last year will supply key components and parts for the latest handsets, the paper said, citing sources familiar with the matter.
Lens Tech will supply metal casings and Sunny Optical Tech Group will supply rear camera lenses, the paper said on its website, with BOE Tech Group also supplying components.
Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
Luxshare has won orders over its Taiwanese rivals Foxconn and Pegatron, and will start building the iPhone 13 Pro this month, the paper said.
Reuters reported that Foxconn set up a task force to fend off the growing clout of Chinese electronics manufacturer Luxshare. Among its concerns is that the company may have been supported by a Chinese government entity.
Last month, Apple forecast slowing revenue growth as a global chip shortage starts to affect iPhone production.