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Apple continues to monopolize metal chassis supply

updated 11:09 am EDT, Tue June 26, 2012

Growth of rival metal notebooks exacerbates problems

Apple is continuing to dominate demand for metal chassis parts from Asian supply companies, DigiTimes says. The company has reportedly booked "most" of the capacity available to build the parts for its MacBooks, which are now entirely housed in unibody aluminum. Intensifying the situation are Apple's rivals, which DigiTimes' upstream supply chain sources say are compensating for weak ultrabook sales by turning to ultrabook-like notebooks, causing both metal chassis and slim panel shortages.

Early June is said to have seen slim panel supply "greatly affected by strong demand from downstream brand vendors." The situation is reversing, but supplies are still small, the sources claim.

Ultrabooks are based on an Intel platform developed in response to the success of the MacBook Air. PC makers have had a difficult time producing systems able to compete with the Air in terms of either price or performance, however.

by MacNN Staff



  1. dijonaise

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Music to my ears...

    FTA:"PC makers have had a difficult time producing systems able to compete with the Air in terms of either price or performance, however."

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Another fine piece of journalism

    From Digitime...

    Apple doesn't monopolize anything, they developed in-house all their new unibody fabrication process with aircraft CNC machine and material. Apple has pay for all the production machinery use by they're suppliers. Too bad the competition still use cheaper plastic injection process for their chassis

  1. facebook_James

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    Joined: Jun 2012


    No Monopoly

    Apple does NOT have a monopoly on anything. For their supplies, Apple has a Monopsony - not a monopoly. A Monopsony is perfectly legal.

    And as BigMac2 said, Apple BOUGHT the CNC Machines for their supplies to use. Apple INVESTED in their suppliers by giving them the tools to make Apple's product.

    Apple also PREPAYS WITH BILLIONS IN CASH for their metals and supplies - such as Australian Aluminum. If other companies would do the same, the suppliers would get their attention.

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