Windows PC assemblers struggle as Apple locks up metal chassis supply

“Supply of metal chassis for ultraportable PC notebooks remains constrained as Apple has reportedly locked up most of the capacity available from suppliers,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“Taiwanese tech industry publication DigiTimes reported on Tuesday that metal chassis supply ‘continues to suffer from shortage,'” Marsal reports. “The reason: Apple is buying most of the supply available for its unibody MacBook lineup, including the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.”

Marsal reports, “The two largest metal chassis manufacturers, Catcher Technology and Foxconn, have reportedly been “aggressively establishing new CNC machines.” But they are said to be unlikely to full demand until the end of 2012.”

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  1. Wait, I’m missing something. All of Apple’s chassis (chasses?) are Unibody-style, made with CNC machines. Unless things have drastically changed since I left the PC world in ’08, most everyone else’s boxes are made from stamped sheet metal and injection-molded plastic. How is Apple affecting those production lines? They don’t even use them any more (except perhaps for the Mac Pro, but that doesn’t exactly surge forth in show-stopping numbers). Any insights?

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