China-based glass cowl maker Lens Expertise, a provider of Apple, has shaped strategic partnerships with greater than 20 automakers around the globe, because it seems to diversify its enterprise past cell phone shows, in line with the corporate.
With Apple shifting its provide chain to Southeast Asia as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, AirPods Professional 2 reportedly will enter quantity manufacturing in Vietnam within the second half of 2022. If that’s the case, this will likely be an instance of Apple mass-producing its flagship merchandise exterior of China, and it exhibits that the tech big is adjusting its provide chain deployment technique.
Apple, Xiaomi, Huawei, and different downstream model distributors have successively introduced their investments in sensible automobiles in recent times. With Apple inserting an elevated deal with the automotive business, its suppliers in China have additionally begun increasing their companies past shopper electronics and into new vitality automobiles (NEVs).
Lens, which focuses on creating new supplies for smartphone functions, has a product line of glass cowl, sapphire covers, ceramic panels, in addition to steel and plastic equipment.
After it advised traders not too long ago that it has shaped long-term strategic partnerships with over 20 automakers in China and abroad, business sources prompt that Tesla, Bentley, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Hyundai Motor and NIO are among the many automakers working with the corporate.
The sources mentioned that Lens’ major automotive merchandise embody management panels and chargers and that it’s going to full the development of an automotive funding venture at its manufacturing base within the Chinese language metropolis of Huanghua this 12 months.
The sources additionally identified that Lens has begun mass-producing large-size 3D glass merchandise, which had been introduced as a part of an R&D venture by the corporate in its 2021 annual report.
In addition to Lens, China-based Apple suppliers Luxshare Precision, Everwin Precision Expertise and Lingyi iTech additionally made their foray into the automotive market.
Luxshare chairperson Wang Laichun mentioned that sensible electrical automobiles (EVs) are uncommon enterprise alternatives for not solely automakers but additionally first-tier gamers. Whereas not one of the world’s 4 main first-tier suppliers (Bosch, Denso, ZF Friedrichshafen, and Magna Worldwide) are based mostly in China, Wang expressed hope that Luxshare might capitalize on the sensible EV pattern to change into a world main first-tier participant.
In February 2022, Luxshare signed a strategic cooperation settlement with Chery to type a three way partnership for NEV growth and manufacturing. In Might 2022, Luxshare marked its official entry into the NEV manufacturing market at a automobile supply ceremony held by Chery’s subsidiary Exeed.
In the meantime, Lingyi started deepening its deployments for NEV elements on the finish of 2020, and it formally minimize into the NEV market in June 2021 after buying Zhejiang Jintai Digital. The corporate introduced two sensible manufacturing and NEV part funding tasks in Might 2021, with a complete deliberate funding of CNY 13 billion (US$1.9 billion).
Market observers mentioned Apple provide chain gamers have the benefit of attracting business consideration after they enter the automotive business. Nevertheless, manufacturing of auto components is completely different from that of smartphones, and it’ll take at the least one to 2 years for these corporations to determine a powerful presence within the automobile market, the observers famous.