Apple is adding “hundreds” of employees to their engineering and supply-chain ranks in Asia, according to a new report. The slew of new employees will be tasked with helping the company diversify production and expedite output as Apple looks to have one of their biggest years — in terms of new devices — ever.
To fill the ranks Apple is turning to established engineers in the smartphone and tech industry, hiring away staff from HTC and other Taiwanese firms, sources say. The new hires will work with supply chain partners in developing new components for future iPhone and iPad products as well as overseeing production of new devices by Apple’s manufacturing partners.
Apple initially began ramping up hiring for its Chinese arm in mid-2013, with a focus on establishing a base in both Shanghai and Taipei, both hubs for the tech manufacturing industry. Altogether, the division is some 600 employees strong.
As Apple begins to dip into new products like the long-rumored iWatch and multiple iPhone and iPad models, a stronger presence will be needed in China to aid with and guide production, especially amidst mounting complaints of poor labor conditions. Apple’s desire for a bigger footprint in the Chinese mobile market has also likely influenced the company’s decision to expand operations in the region.