Pegatron’s Shanghai and Kunshan plants have been shut down as a result of the latest COVID lockdown in China, but Foxconn has not been affected, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Late April or early May may be the earliest that Ming-Chi Kuo Pegatron can get back to work following orders from the local authorities.
Before, the lockdown was supposed to last until the 12th of April. However, it appears that the COVID spike has not abated, and further testing is required.
According to Kuo, Apple’s largest manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has not been put on lockdown. He claims that Foxconn’s capacity may be sufficient to cover the shortfall caused by the loss of Pegatron, at least in the short term.
For this reason, Kuo believes that Apple’s supply chain management capabilities and relationship with the Chinese government will allow it to minimise the effects of a supply lockdown.
However, Kuo continues, “and would probably be detrimental to the shipments of consumer electronics (including Apple’s products) in 2H22” if the lockdown is prolonged, “it could affect consumer confidence.”