Trump tweeted over the weekend that the tech giant should manufacture its gadgets in the U.S. if it wanted to avoid tariffs on Chinese imports, saying an "easy solution" to Apple's problem would be to "start building new plants now".
So, will they? To begin with, it's hard to be sure the tariffs will even eventuate; despite Trump saying on Friday that they would "take place very soon", the White House says they are still receiving feedback from the community and no decision has been reached yet.
Kristin Dziczek of the Center of Automotive Research says there's simply no motivation for Ford to build the Focus Active in the U.S now.
The United States and China have activated additional tariffs on $50 billion of each other's goods since July, as trade friction between the world's two biggest economies worsened, despite several rounds of negotiations.
The world's two biggest economies are clashing over U.S. allegations that China deploys predatory tactics - including outright cybertheft - to acquire technology from United States companies and challenge American technological dominance.
Ford confirmed this yesterday via spokesman Mike Levine, who released the following statement: "It would not be profitable to build the Focus Active in the USA given an expected annual sales volume of fewer than 50,000 units and its competitive segment".
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The Trump administration has already imposed 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, meant to punish Beijing for alleged unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft.
President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to attack China with tariffs on another $267 billion worth of goods. The company is making iPhone display glass in Kentucky, and is setting up new plants in other areas. "We are puzzled as to why the Administration may be using tariffs in part to re-engineer global ICT (information, communication and technology) supply chains that have served U.S. companies so well". The vehicle will be built in both Chongqing, China, and Saarlouis, Germany, a Ford spokesman said in an interview on Monday.
Apple, in pushing back on the tariff proposal, said it bought more than $50 billion worth of components from US-based suppliers past year and that it's the largest USA corporate tax payer.
In China, labor costs for motor vehicle and parts manufacturing are about $8 per hour including benefits, but it's more than $52 per hour in the USA, according to Dziczek.