Apple buys equipment for the production of Flex-rigid printed circuit boards and leases it to its suppliers
As it became known, Apple has spent tens of millions of dollars in equipment that is used for the production of Flex-rigid printed circuit boards. The latter are intended for future iPhone 8.
The company has its own production and purchased the equipment it leases to vendors. Apple is doing everything in order to get the necessary components and produce a novelty in the previously set timeframe.
Initially, suppliers of flexible-rigid printed circuit boards were three, but one of the Taiwanese manufacturers fell out of the chain. Therefore, Apple supports the two remaining suppliers, Interflex and Youngpoong Electronics, which are located in South Korea. In this case, Apple is also looking for new third party vendor.
This year, Apple expects to receive 100 million Flex-rigid printed circuit boards.