updated 11:55 pm EDT, Thu October 20, 2011
Catcher to spend 2-3m fixing MacBook Air plant
Catcher's MacBook Air plant shutdown should be rectified by November, the company said late Thursday. It planned to spend between $2 million to $3 million to improve its equipment at the aluminum casing factory to cut back on gas emissions and alleviate environmental concerns. Originally, Catcher hadn't given a timeframe for the fix.
As a result of the incident, Catcher is believed to be mitigating the risk of a future shutdown by reducing its dependence on any one plant. One of its options would be to expand operations in Taiwan. It had already both boosted its output in Tainan on the island and had bought 79,200 square meters (852,501 square feet) for more.
The quick return is likely to be a big assist to Apple. It has credited the MacBook Air for a large part of its record-setting 4.89 million Macs and and might have had to look at a long-term alternate supplier, shortages or both if Catcher were unavailable for a long period.
Some smartphone makers also depend on Catcher and would have been affected as well.