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Apple isexploring moving between 15 and 30 percent of its hardware production out ofChina, according to a new report by Nikkei. The company reportedly has a growingteam looking into moving production, and has asked key manufacturing partnerslike Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron to uate the available options.

根据日本经济新闻的一篇报道,苹果正在研究将硬件生产线的15%到30%移出中国的可行性。据报道称该公司已经有一个规模不断扩大的团队正在研究生产外迁事宜,他们也要求主要生产伙伴像是富士康、和硕和纬创等评估产线外迁的可行选项。

Thecatalyst for the shift is the ongoing trade war between China and the US, whichis expected to intensify at the end of this month with the introduction of 25percent tariffs on devices including phones, laptops, and tablets. However,Apple reportedly wants to shift production regardless of whether the tradedispute gets resolved.

这一行动的催化剂是中美之间正在对抗中的贸易战,这场贸易战可能会在这月底的时候随着对包括手机、笔记本和平板额外征收的25%的关税其程度日益加剧。然而,报道称无论该场贸易纠纷是否解决,苹果都想转移生产产线。



Shiftingproduction out of China, which has built up a huge ecosystem of logistics andcomponents suppliers around Apple, will be a “painful and difficult” process,according to one supplier quoted by Nikkei. The country has a huge workforce ofskilled workers, and its infrastructure is more resilient and less prone toproblems like power shortages, which can have serious consequences for largemanufacturers. Moving production won’t be a quick process. It is expected totake 18 months at a minimum, with results expected to emerge in between two tothree years.

根据日本经济新闻援引的以为供应商的话,因为中国围绕苹果已经建立了一个巨大的物流与零部件供应商构成的生态系统,把生产线从中国移出来将会是一个“痛苦而艰难的”过程。中国拥有大量的熟练技术工人,它的基础设施更具弹性,更不易发生诸如停电等问题,而停电等问题会对大型的制造商的生产制造产生严重后果。预计生产转移至少需要18个月,而结果预计2到3年才会显现出来。

Aroundfive million Chinese jobs are thought to rely on Apple’s manufacturing in thecountry, and Apple employs around 10,000 people directly in China. It’s unclearhow many of these jobs would be impacted by losing 15 to 30 percent ofproduction.

人们认为在中国大约有500万份工作岗位是依赖于苹果的生产制造的,在中国苹果则直接雇佣了大约10000名员工。还不清楚如果失去生产规模的15%到30%会对这些工作岗位产生什么样的影响。

Apple isnot reported to have set a deadline for when suppliers need to respond withplans for where to shift production. The company did not immediately respond toa request for comment.

据报道苹果还没有对供应商们就转移生产线到某处的事宜下达最终的截止日期。苹果也没有立即回复媒体们就该事评论的请求。