A Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) plant in Brazil is ready to start producing Apple’s iPads with shipments to begin in December, according to a recent report by Brazilian website UOL, citing Brazil’s minister of science and technology Aolizio Mercadante.
Mercadante said at a hearing with the country’s Commission of Economic Affairs, “At first many doubted, but it will be the first time that the [Apple] will produce iPads outside Chinese territory.” He also said, “We are taking a big step for digital inclusion in the country.”
Well it didn’t specify which version of the iPad will be built there. Will it be the iPad 3? The latest reports point to an early 2012 release for Apple’s third-gen tablet, so this new factory could presumably play a role in production.
Located in Jundiaí, the new facility was constructed under a joint venture between Foxconn and the Brazilian government, with the former reportedly contributing $12 million to the initiative. Rumors of a South American expansion began circulating earlier this year, with many expecting Foxconn’s Brazil-based operations to get underway during Q1 of 2012. Apple, for its part, has not commented on the report.