The Brazilian Minister of Science and Technology, Aloizio Mercadante, has confirmed that iPads made in Brazil will hit the market by December, according to a local report in UOL Technologia (via MacStories):
At first many doubted, but it will be the first time that the company will produce iPads outside Chinese territory. We are taking a big step for digital inclusion in the country.
The device will be manufactured at Foxconn’s new plant in Jundiaí, outside of São Paulo. The news confirms previous assertions calling for the beginning of iPad production in the country around late August or early September. Apple’s contract manufacturer Foxconn will benefit from a substantial 40 percent reduction because the government won’t levy taxes on domestically produced products.