Supply Chain Management

Why Trump's idea to bring Apple's manufacturing to the U.S. makes no sense

By G. Clay Whittaker for Popular Science

Jan 27, 2016

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently gave a speech saying, among other things, he wants to force Apple to make its products in the U.S. instead of “other countries.”

As Trump put it: “We’re going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of other countries.”

Perhaps this sounds like a not terrible idea to you.

Except that no one country — not even China — makes all of the components of Apple’s leading products, they just assemble them. And the U.S. has neither the factory space nor the trained workforce to handle construction of Apple’s most popular product, the iPhone, in the immediate future.

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