Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) released a complete list of its 748 suppliers in January, and the statistics aren’t too surprising. About 88 percent of suppliers are in Asia — more than 600 of the 748 — while 11 percent are in the U.S., and only 7 percent are in Europe and the Middle East.
The tech company has 331 suppliers in China, 148 in Japan, 76 in the United States, 35 in Taiwan, 27 in Malaysia, 25 in Singapore, 23 in the Philippines, 17 in Thailand, 7 in the United Kingdom, 5 in Israel, and 4 in Austria, just to name a few.
Apple and a number of other companies that outsource manufacturing have found it difficult to maintain legal and ethical labor standards, despite concerted efforts to improve working conditions. As a result, CEO Tim Cook announced at the end of last year that Apple would be spending more than $100 million to bring some manufacturing back to the U.S.