Skullduggery in the Apple supply chain

From "Taiwan accuses Chinese Apple supplier of stealing secrets, charges 14" posted Friday by Channel News Asia:

Taiwanese prosecutors on Friday accused a Chinese Apple Inc supplier of stealing commercial secrets from a Taiwanese supplier and poaching its workforce to win orders from the U.S. company, saying it had charged 14 people...

Prosecutors in New Taipei said after a year-and-a-half investigation they had found that China's Luxshare Precision Industry Co Ltd had targeted Taiwanese competitor Catcher Technology Co Ltd "in order to quickly enter the Apple production chain to win orders".

Luxshare "lured" Catcher's China based research and development team with promises of high salaries and stole business secrets from the Taiwanese firm, causing them big losses, the prosecutors said in a statement.

Luxshare was doing this in order to be able to "quickly build factories and mass produce cases for iPhones, iPads and other products", the statement said.

My take: Luxshare does more than produce cases. Last summer the Guangdong-based company (called "Little Foxconn" by some) reported record growth after securing iPhone 13 orders.

3 Comments

  1. Gregg Thurman said:
    Would you expect anything less from a country that built its economy on stolen IP?

    5
    July 15, 2022
    • Steven Philips said:
      Kind of like Edison and Tesla? Many things we used to do we now frown upon in others. (Not defending China. People do what they can get away with.)

      1
      July 16, 2022

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