I found the guys that make Apple's USB cables:
Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (Foxlink)
Brilliant International Group Ltd
Sim card trays:
Chengdu Homin Technology Co., Ltd.
Biel Crystal Manufactory Ltd
iPhone Haptics/Speakers module:
AAC Technologies Holdings Inc.
Then you come across something truly extraordinary:
Catcher has a market cap of 7 Billion USD. They own and operate 18,000 CNC machines, the largest fleet of CNC machines in the world. This is probably where iPhone case and Macbook Unibody is manufactured.
Edit: I found a video of Catcher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UknhWoL6GWQ
Edit: Tons of information on Catcher
Considering it's a Taiwanese company, you probably should search in Chinese.
They even have a Wikipedia article: https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%8F%AF%E6%88%90%E7%A7%91%E6...
Also, this is a public company (TWSE: 2474), it's far from "virtually zero information" even in English.
You release, say, a new phone today, for sale today. It costs $800. You will keep making and selling the same device for the next 364 days (at least). Over the next year, the parts become less expensive because newer technology is always coming out. So it makes sense for the buyer to pay $800 for it today versus $800 for it in 364 days when we are 1 day away from the release of something incrementally better for the exact same cost.
In order to have large enough supply to satisfy the Day 1 demand, you have probably been producing and stockpiling the item for weeks, which has all kinds of inventory and storage costs. For the next month or three you can produce flat out to (try to) satisfy demand, but there is a backlog for awhile, which, at least in theory, harms demand/customer experience. Then, once you process the backlog, you have to scale back capacity for the next (say) 9 months, until a new product comes out.
Now, of course, there are good things about this. You can probably produce products flat-out for 4 months. You get huge internet-wide buzz, much to the dismay of those who hate hearing about nothing but Apple's Magical (TM) new products for a week or two before and after the Big Reveal. You get PR all over the internet and newspapers and TV. Some demand is almost certainly induced by the sense that if you don't buy on day 1, you might have to wait some unknown amount of time before supply catches up with demand.
So, I don't know, but I'm really curious about all of the considerations taken when making decisions like this.
Molex, for example, isn't listed. But its owner (Koch Industries) is.
I wouldn't be so sure about that. I work at a low-medium volume electronics manufacturer, and have direct contacts at a few of these. They're perfectly happy to spend a few $$ on sales reps across a wide range of customers.
That said, we don't tend to purchase directly from most of these companies; at lower volumes we often have to rely on distributor networks.
Unlike smaller engineering firms, who mostly have to take the parts they can get off the shelf to operate, Apple is at a big enough scale that companies will go way out of the way to make parts that suit their needs. It's a whole different ballgame.
It is 2018 now, and Shanzhai garage factories are no more.
>Then you come across something truly extraordinary with virtually zero information on the internet besides their website: Catcher
Were you living under a rock?
I picked one of the 3M addresses at random (the one in Medina, Ohio), and 3M has a web site listing the categories of stuff produced there: https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/plant-locations-us/medina/
(It would be cool if each supplier was required to post this sort of info, to really get a feel for how much physical plant it takes to make/build/assemble certain things.)
So I'm guessing that each address on the list is an address that either ships parts to Apple (or to an Apple rep or manufacturer, like Foxconn), or is an address that receives stuff on behalf of Apple (for example, to do assembly).
That would also be an awesome visualization: A map showing things moving from supplier to sub-assembler to assembler to distributor to store to customer.
Now you know where to rob labels and adhesives. It would massively increase security cost, and risk of getting contaminated products.
That's why most companies keep locations of their data centers top secret.
They are publishing their audit results and environmental impact assessment which is where I found the supplier list. I am actually really impressed with their GSM team - they've done a really thorough job. I am not sure if others - Microsoft, Samsung, Google, etc are doing the same or publishing their results.
Kudos to Apple, seriously amazing.
> 9. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume?
Microsoft, "Microsoft provides a list of its top 100 supply chain partners.", 
Samsung, "Samsung does not provide a list of direct suppliers"
HP, "HP publishes a list of suppliers that represents over 95% of its production supplier spend.", , HP even discloses what type of product they procure and how many workers work on HP manufacturing lines
 - https://rankabrand.org/electronics/Apple#detailed-report]
 - http://bit.ly/1EWC6XW]
 - http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=c03728...
For example, the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights and some related legislation like the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, or the UK Modern Slavery Act require larger companies to disclose how they prevent/deal with Forced Labor in the Supply Chain. Transparency about your supply chain is generally considered best practice.
There are many other examples of proactive companies, like
Marks & Spencers interactive world map of suppliers , Adidas Global Factory List (xlsx) , Unilever's list of palm oil suppliers , ...
 - https://interactivemap.marksandspencer.com/
 - https://www.adidas-group.com/en/sustainability/compliance/su...
 - https://www.unilever.com/Images/unilever-palm-oil-supplier-l...
Yes. But say you use suppliers A, B and C. On your supplier list you say "A, B, C, D, E, F". Then you are transparent, but still provide little information.
What happens is both sides have special procedures to deal with each others which allow to control and enable travel and trade without recognising the other side's claims while recognising people as Chinese, not foreigners.
Tricky subject here. The statement might sound true but has very very different sentiments on both sides.
For the Chinese gov., Taiwan is a province of China, "the rightful Chinese government" extends its jurisdiction over all Chinese territories, including Taiwan.
However, from Taiwan's perspective, Taiwan and mainland China have two different governments (the stress is on "Taiwan is not part of China", not there is only one rightful Chinese gov,). In fact, if you ask anyone in Taiwan today, they are more likely to refer to the island as Taiwan (instead of "Republic of China") and themselves Taiwanese.
When dealing with legal matters (like travelling or trading) this is what counts.
That should actually be Mississippi not Massachusetts. It is probably the source for the white pigment used in many Apple products as it is one of the largest TiO2 plants in the world.
Costa Rica 1
Guangdong 110 (Shenzhen 41; Dongguan 36; Guangzhou 9; Huizhou 9; Zhuhai 6; Zhongshan 4)
Shaanxi 3 (not to be mistaken as Shanxi)
Walmart revenues are around double that of apple, but they likely have a lot more suppliers and much lower spend per supplier than apple.
Repository with the code and a CSV containing all the suppliers geolocated is here: https://github.com/ssobczak/apple_suppliers
Joking aside, a lot of the supplier listed her don't seem to be the main branch, but the exact branch supplying Apple. So the company stock should really not be that tied to a specific vendor.
In particular considering that if something were to happen to Apple, any other hardware manufacturer could take the opportunity to contract them, making it neutral.
It's alphabetical, so no help there.
Perhaps what you want is for one of those to be publicly acessible?
Repository with extraction code and a CSV with all the suppliers geolocated is here: https://github.com/ssobczak/apple_suppliers
BYD batteries are everywhere.
Off-topic note: BYD used to be the largest Chinese passenger car maker in 2008-2013 but has declined significantly in recent years compared to competition. It's still #1 for EV car sales global though (Chinese bought 4x more EVs than US).
What did you expect hipsters on IMac Pros?