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David M. Barreda and David Wertime

Who Supplies Apple (It’s Not Just China): An Interactive Map

[View the map Apple Suppliers 2013 in full screen.]

This article was produced in collaboration with Tea Leaf Nation partner site ChinaFile.com.

Last month, Apple Inc. released its updated list of suppliers. This report says it includes “the major manufacturing locations of suppliers who provide raw materials and components or perform final assembly on Apple.”

The Cupertino-based firm has been publishing annual supplier responsibility reports annually for the last seven years.But this is only the second time that Apple has released detailed addresses of their suppliers. Apple first revealed a list of its top suppliers in 2012, when it also joined the Fair Labor Association, allowing independent audits of the company’s suppliers.

Neither China watchers nor Apple watchers will be particularly surprised to note that the vast majority of Apple suppliers happen to be in Asia. In fact, out of the 748 listed, more than 600 are in Asia. Of these, 331 suppliers are in Mainland China. Readers interested in learning more are invited to view the interactive map.

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David M. Barreda and David Wertime

David Barreda is the Director of Visuals for ChinaFile. David Wertime is the co-founder and co-editor of Tea Leaf Nation.
  • Sacto_Joe

    It’d be great if this same map could be used for all Apple’s competitors, but that would entail them being as open as Apple. Kind of like Apple is the only computer maker that publishes how many of its products it sold per quarter. Of course, Apple is also “attacked” as a result of being so open….