Apple supplier Foxconn eyes U.S. expansion as U.S. President-elect Trump woos Asian firms

“Two of Asia’s biggest technology companies said they were looking to expand investment in the United States, as President-elect Donald Trump pushes to bring manufacturing and jobs back home,” Reuters reports. “Billionaire businessman Masayoshi Son, also the head of Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp, pledged a $50 billion investment in the United States, and Apple Inc. supplier Foxconn said it was in preliminary discussions to expand its U.S. operations.”

“Son said on Tuesday, after meeting Trump, his investment would create 50,000 new jobs, a move the U.S. President-elect claimed was a direct result of his election win,” Reuters reports. “Trump’s moves since the election to engage with individual companies, while turning his back on broader, years-in-the-works trade deals, show that he is leaning on the deal-making skills he honed in the boardroom.”

“Son’s business partner Foxconn issued a brief statement after a report by broadcaster CNBC showing a snapshot of a page held by Son outlining the investment carrying the logos of SoftBank and the Taiwanese firm, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.,” Reuters reports. “The page also showed an additional $7 billion investment and creation of a further 50,000 jobs. ‘While the scope of the potential investment has not been determined, we will announce the details of any plans following the completion of direct discussions between our leadership and the relevant US officials,’ the Foxconn statement said.”

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (left) and Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (left) and Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son

“Shares in SoftBank jumped 6.2 percent on Wednesday in Tokyo to their highest since August last year. ‘Now the market sees SoftBank as a Trump-related stock and that’s because it reacted favorably to their meeting,’ said Fumio Matsumoto, a fund manager at Dalton Capital in Japan,” Reuters reports. “The billionaire’s victory has been a boon to stock investors. The Dow Jones industrial average closed at another record level on Tuesday, its 11th new high since the Nov. 8 vote.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Two of Apple’s most important partners – SoftBank (which owns ARM) and product assembler Foxconn an are in on this deal. More American-made Apple products on the way?

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  1. Having worked for 2 different Asian high tech manufacturers here in the US, it can be cheaper. to make there products here. We have abudant energy, water, and cheaper land available. Plus the market for producd goods is here

    1. True enough, but with complex products we’re talking about a complex supply chain. To make it work, they need to bring more of the suppliers here, or bring American manufacturers into the chain. Japanese car companies migrated to and succeeded in the US by doing both.

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