Apple confirmed Thursday that it began building Mac computers at a Flextronics plant in Austin last year as part of CEO Tim Cook’s push to make more devices in the U.S.
The disclosure came in Apple’s annual supplier report. Foxconn Technology remains the largest maker of Apple products, with seven assembly locations in China and Brazil, according to the list published on Apple’s website.
Cook said in a December 2012 interview that Apple planned to invest more than $100 million to boost manufacturing in the U.S. Flextronics, with headquarters in California and Singapore, joins Quanta Computer as Asia-based companies supplying Apple from some 60 facilities in the U.S.
Taiwan-based Quanta already makes some Macs in California. In November, Apple announced that it would pay $578 million to GT Advanced Technologies to supply equipment for an advanced glass factory in Mesa, Ariz.
The U.S. is the third-biggest hub in Apple’s supply chain. China remains the largest, with 349 locations providing parts or manufacturing to the Cupertino, Calif., company. Japan’s 139, Taiwan’s 42 and South Korea’s 32 facilities make Asia the center of a global supply chain that includes Mexico, Brazil, France and Germany, according to the report.
Flextronics makes components and electronics used in avionics, flight controls, medical equipment and wearable devices. In August, it opened a 450,000-square-foot plant at Alliance in far north Fort Worth, where it is building the Moto X smartphone for Google. It was rumored that Apple might have products made there as well.
Besides the Flextronics site, Apple has received tax breaks in Austin to help it expand an office complex in the northwest portion of the city, where it plans to add 800,000 square feet.
The iPhone maker started naming its suppliers in 2012 and listing assembly locations last year as it seeks to boost transparency among the companies that provide raw materials, electronic components, packaging and final products.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.