Infographic: Apple Perfects Global Supply Chain (EBN)

The effort that went into putting out the newest Apple product, from idea and design into actual end product, is a fascinating supply chain story. This single product has the potential to impact the economies of entire nations. For example, the iPhone 6 release may increase Japan’s electronics exports by 5% and Taiwan’s by 8.6%. What about the United States? Bringing iPhone manufacturing to the US would cost Apple $4.2 billion. A US-assembled iPhone would cost only $4 more than the current globally manufactured product. Though the iPhone 6 is mainly assembled in China, Apple supports almost 600,000 jobs in the US. The Chinese spent more than $1 billion on iPhone 6 assembly machines purchased in Japan.

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