Apple is expected to rely on China for a reliable supply chain for the foreseeable future, and though the company has successfully established manufacturing plants outside of the country, it will take years before the technology giant can claim complete independence from the region. Now, according to its 2023 supplier list, Apple has added eight new supply chain members from China while removing four of them due to undisclosed reasons.

Several of Apple’s supply chain partners have pledged that they will achieve carbon neutrality by 2030

The export controls on China are expected to get tighter in the future, as the U.S. government has made numerous attempts to stifle its competitor’s growth regarding technological advancement. Unfortunately, Apple is caught in the crossfire, but it has little choice but to comply with the recent wave of trade changes. Despite these setbacks, the company has not shied away from adding more Chinese entities, with ITHome reporting that eight new companies have been added to the list.

The names of the newly appointed supply chain partners are Baoji Titanium Industry Co., Ltd, Jiuquan Iron & Steel (Group) Co., Ltd., Jones Tech PLC, Paishing Technology Compan, San’an Optoelectronics Co., Ltd., Shenzhen BSC Technology Co., Ltd., Zhejiang Tony Electronic Co., Ltd., and Zhenghe Group. As for the companies that Apple has removed, they are Jiangsu Gian Technology Company Limited, MYS Group Company Limited, Shenzhen Deren Electronic Company Limited, and Winox Holdings Limited.

Apple has not given any reason for removing four Chinese companies from its supply chain list, but you should note that the Cupertino firm adheres to extremely stringent standards. If those are not met, these companies could quickly lose a lucrative client. Additionally, Apple has a personal mission and requires its partners to shift its priorities and align them with the company’s vision of achieving carbon neutrality. With Apple said to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, some supply chain partners have pledged to achieve the same status during the same year.

It is possible that supply chain partners that do not seem to show interest in achieving carbon neutrality or work against Apple’s requirements are quickly removed from the list, forcing the technology titan to make arrangements and add new partners.

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