Apple Watch supplier says production now running at full capacity

Quanta Computer, which assembles the Apple Watch, has been plagued with poor yield rates resulting in capacity problems that have led to limited shipments of the device. As a result, Apple has been struggling to meet orders and has been unable to roll out the device to additional markets to this date.


The vice chairman of the company, CC Leung, said that due to manpower shortage because of the Lunar New Year Holidays, Quanta was only able to deliver the Apple Watch in limited quantities to its client. However, with the manpower issue now sorted, the company expects the smartwatch to make a “giant contribution” from its wearable device business in the second quarter of 2015.
Because of labor shortages during the Lunar New Year holidays, Quanta was forced to borrow manpower from other manufacturers and was only able to deliver limited shipments in the first quarter. However, Quanta already has sufficient capacity to manufacture all the orders and should see a giant contribution from its wearable device business in the second quarter.
 Leung did not specifically call out the Apple Watch in his statements, but previous reports have indicated that Quanta Computers is assembling the Apple Watch for the company.

Thankfully, Quanta now has “sufficient capacity to manufacture all the orders,” reads the report, adding that the contract fabricator should see “a giant contribution” from its wearable device business in the second quarter.

Apple has managed to ship almost all the models of the Apple Watch before the estimated shipping time, which suggests that the production of the smartwatch is catching up with the demand. Since its launch in April, the shipping times of the Leather Loop and the Apple Watch Sports have also improved to 2-4 weeks.

Source: DigiTimes

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