Apple and Sony will reportedly shift some notebook OEM orders from Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to Quanta Computer in 2010, according to sources at component makers. Apple already shifted some orders from Foxconn in June meaning the OEM’s share of Apple’s notebook shipments in 2010 is expected to drop from 20% to only around 10%, the sources noted. However, despite losing orders from Apple and Sony, Foxconn has reportedly formed partnerships with Dell and Asustek Computer, as well as landing orders from Hewlett-Packard (HP) for 2010, the sources added.
According to Digitimes, Apple is continuing to shift its MacBook manufacturing away from Foxconn (Hon Hai) and to Quanta Computer. It isn’t certain what is causing Apple to move but things like manufacturing costs, quality and workplace conditions could all be factors.