Wingtech's Kunming site expands recruitment to accelerate MacBook Air production

Joanna Gao, Taipei; Jack Wu, DIGITIMES Asia 0

Wingtech's Kunming site is recruiting for production of Apple's MacBook Air. Credit: DIGITIMES

According to reports from Chinese media, Wingtech's site in Kunming, the capital city of China's Yunnan province, has been assembling Apple's MacBook Air since the end of 2022. Right now, the production capacity is still growing and worker recruitment demand has also continued to increase.

The report pointed out that based on the recruitment information, the Wingtech Kunming Intelligent Manufacturing Industrial Park is expected to recruit 2,500 people from March to May. Currently, the park has around 8,000 employees. Wingtech was approved by Apple in 2021 and received the assembly order for the new 2022 MacBook Air.

From as early as August 2022, media outlets like Nikkei Asia reported about the development situation of Wingtech's Kunming site. The site covers an area as large as 80 football fields, and it is estimated that the final number of employees may reach 30,000.

The Kunming site has supplied Vivo, Oppo, and other smartphone brands. The new second phase was constructed for more notebooks and mobile phone products. In addition, the Kunming site was already previous versions of MacBook, showing that Wingtech has met Apple's picky requirements and completed a milestone.

Wingtech's official website shows that its manufacturing sites are spread across China in places like Jiaxing, Wuxi, Kunming, and Huangshi, as well as overseas sites in India and Indonesia. Analysis believes that Wingtech's Kunming site is meant to replicate Foxconn's Zhengzhou site in Henan, China while also following the Chinese government's policy of expanding to cities in the west and creating local job opportunities.

According to a DIGITIMES report in February, Wingtech started shipping MacBooks in the second half of 2022. Initially, the shipment share was only in the single digits. However, entering 2023, that figure is set to increase to 10%, meaning orders to Wingtech may be up to 2.2 million units.