LONDON – Apple iPad tablet computers made in Brazil will reach the market in December, according to Brazilian website UOL quoting Brazilian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Aloizio Mercadante as its source.
These will be the first iPads not be made in China by Apple's electronic manufacturing services provider Foxconn. The "Made in Brazil" iPads will still be made for Apple by Foxconn but the company has moved rapidly to set up a plant in Jundiai northwest of Sao Paolo.
It was only in April 2011 that Foxconn was in talks with the Brazilian government about spending up to $12 billion over five or six years to set up in Brazil.
The arrival of the Brazilian iPads is expected to make them much more affordable in Brazil where they are currently subject to high import taxes.
"At first many doubted, but it will be the first time the company will produce iPads outside Chinese territory," the report quoted Mercadante as saying. Mercadante added that the Brazilian federal government intended to invest in an games software factory in the Manaus Free Zone, the report said.
Local manufacturing will also go a small way to reducing the Brazilian trade deficit in information and communication technologies, which was 18.9 billion Brazilian real (about $11.1 billion) in 2010, according to figures the report says the minister presented to colleagues.