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The Apple suppliers list is an essential tool for those fond of alternative ways of investing in the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant.
The immense scale of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) as a consumer electronics retailer means it has a tangible impact on the fortunes of dozens of its suppliers.
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In fiscal 2017, Apple raked in $229.2 billion in revenue and $48.4 billion in net income.
Apple's profits exceed what most companies make in revenue. Social media giant Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB), for instance, made just $40.6 billion in revenue in 2017.
So good or bad sales news about the latest iPhone model can have an instant impact on an Apple supplier stock.
We've seen both occur in the past six months.
At the end of October 2017, Apple's claim that pre-orders for the new iPhone X were "off the charts" drove several Apple supplier stocks higher.
The script reversed just two months later, when rumors that Apple would cut its iPhone X sales forecast sent AAPL supplier stocks tumbling. Genius Electronic Optical Co. Ltd., which supplies iPhone camera lenses and trades on the Taiwan exchange, fell 2.4% that day. Pegatron Corp. (OTCMKTS: PGTRF), which manufactures iPhones for Apple, dropped 3.2%.
The first Apple suppliers list was published in 2012. It's updated each year. Watching who's new to the list - and who got dropped - offers clues about how well a given tech supplier is faring. Losing Apple as a customer is always bad sign - worse if a lot of your business comes from Apple.
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The first AAPL suppliers list consisted of 150 companies. The current list includes Apple's top 200 suppliers.
Below, we've duplicated the 2018 Apple suppliers list, but with several enhancements. For one thing, we've eliminated multiple listings (many companies have more than one physical location that supplies Apple.)
We've also added ticker symbols for companies that trade on U.S. exchanges. Please remember that over-the-counter (OTC) market stocks are typically thinly traded.
Finally, we've denoted companies that depend on Apple for 10% or more of their business with an asterisk (*).
The Apple Suppliers List for 2018
3M Co. (NYSE: MMM)
AAC Technologies Holdings Inc. (OTCMKTS ADR: AACAY)
Advanced International Multitech Co. Ltd.
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (NYSE: ASX)
Alps Electric Co. Ltd. (OTCMKTS: APELY)
Amkor Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: AMKR)
Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH)
Ams AG (OTCMKTS: AUKUF)
*Analog Devices Inc. (Nasdaq: ADI)
Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE: APO)
Artesyn Embedded Technologies Inc.
Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. (OTCMKTS: ASGLY)
Asia Vital Components Ltd.
AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG
Biel Crystal Manufactory Ltd.
BOE Technology Group Co. Ltd.
Boyd Die Cut Co. Ltd.
Brilliant International Group Ltd.
*Broadcom Ltd. (Nasdaq: AVGO)
BYD Co. Ltd. (OTCMKTS ADR: BYDDY)
Career Technology (Mfg.) Co. Ltd.
Catcher Technology Co. Ltd.
Cathay Tat Ming Precision Metal Products Co. Ltd.
Cheng Loong Corp.
Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co. Ltd.
Chengdu Homin Technology Co. Ltd.
China Circuit Technology Corp.
Compal Electronics Inc.
Compeq Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Corning Inc. (NYSE: GLW)
Cowell E Holdings Inc.
Coxon Precise Industrial Co. Ltd.
CymMetrik Enterprise Co. Ltd.
Dai-Ichi Seiko Co. Ltd.
Daikin Industries Ltd. (OTCMKTS: DKILY)
Darfon Electronics Corp.
Diodes Inc. (Nasdaq: DIOD)
DSM Engineering Plastics Co. Ltd.
Dynapack International Technology Corp.
Ellington Electronics Technology Group
FIT Hon Teng Ltd.
Flexium Interconnect Inc.
Flextronics Sales and Marketing Ltd. (subsidiary of Flextronics International) (Nasdaq: FLEX)
*Foster Electric Co. Ltd.
Garuda International Ltd.
Genius Electronic Optical Co. Ltd.
Hama Naka Shoukin Industry Co. Ltd.
HengMingDa Wrapper Co. Ltd.
Henkel Corp. (OTCMKTS: HENOY)
HI-P International Ltd.
Hirose Electric Co. Ltd
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd. (Foxconn) (OTCMKTS ADR: HNHPF)
INB Electronics Ltd.
Infineon Technologies AG (OTCMKTS: IFNNY)
Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC)
Interflex Co. Ltd.
*Jabil Circuit Inc. (NYSE: JBL)
*Japan Aviation Electronics Industry Ltd.
*Japan Display Inc.
Jarllytec Co. Ltd.
Jeou Uei Co. Ltd.
Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology Co. Ltd.
Jinlong Holding Group Co. Ltd.
JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corp.
Kantatsu Co. Ltd.
Kemet Corp. (NYSE: KEM)
Kinsus Interconnect Technology Corp.
*Knowles Corp. (NYSE: KN)
Koch Industries Inc.
Kunshan Kersen Science & Technology
Kyocera Group (NYSE ADR: KYO)
Laird Technologies (OTCMKTS: LARRF)
Largan Precision Co. Ltd.
Lens One Technology
LG Chem Ltd.
LG Display Co. Ltd. (NYSE ADR: LPL)
LG Innotek Co. Ltd.
Lite-On Technology Corp.
Longwell Precision Co. Ltd.
Luen Fung Group
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (Nasdaq: MXIM)
Merry Electronics Co. Ltd.
Microchip Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MCHP)
Micron Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MU)
*Minebea Mitsumi Inc.
Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (OTCMKTS: MRAAY)
MYS Group Co. Ltd.
Nan Ya Plastics Corp.
Nidec Corp. (OTCMKTS ADR: NJDCY)
Nishoku Technology Inc.
*Nissha Co. Ltd.
Nisshin Steel Co. Ltd.
Nitto Denko Corp. (OTCMKTS: NDEKY)
NXP Semiconductors NV (Nasdaq: NXPI)
ON Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: ON)
Pai Shing International Ltd.
Panasonic Corp. (OTCMKTS ADR: PCRFY)
Phone In Mag-Electronics Co. Ltd.
Pioneer Material Precision Tech
Platinum Optics Technology Inc.
POSCO (NYSE ADR: PKX)
Primax Electronics Ltd.
*Qorvo Inc. (Nasdaq: QRVO)
*Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM)
Quanta Computer Inc.
Radiant Opto Electronics Corp.
Renesas Electronics Corp. (OTCMKTS: RNECY)
Robert Bosch GmbH
Rohm Co. Ltd. (OTCMKTS: ROHCY)
RR Donnelley & Sons Co. (Nasdaq: RRD)
SABIC Innovative Plastics
Salcomp Co. Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (OTCMKTS: SSNLF)
Seagate Technology LLC (Nasdaq: STX)
Seiko Advance Ltd.
Sekisui Chemical Co. Ltd.
Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd.
Shandong Innovation Group
Shanghai Industrial Holdings Ltd.
*Sharp Corp. (OTCMKTS: SHCAY)
Shenzhen Desay Battery Technology Co.
Shenzhen Fortunta Technology Co. Ltd.
Shenzhen O-Film Tech Co. Ltd.
Shenzhen Sunway Communication Co. Ltd.
Shenzhen YUTO Packaging
Shin Zu Shing Co. Ltd.
Simplo Technology Co. Ltd.
SK Hynix Inc.
Skyworks Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: SWKS)
Solvay Specialty Polymers
Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE)
STMicroelectronics NV (NYSE ADR: STM)
Stora Enso (OTCMKTS: SEOAY)
Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd.
Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd.
Sunonwealth Electric Machine
Sunrex Technology Corp.
Sunwoda Electronics Co. Ltd.
Suzhou Anjie Technology Co. Ltd.
Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Suzhou Zhongjiemai Panel Industry Technology Co. Ltd.
Swiftronic Pte. Ltd.
Taishan City Kam Kiu Aluminium Extrusion Co. Ltd.
Taiwan Hodaka Technology Co. Ltd.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (NYSE: TSM)
Taiyo Yuden Co. Ltd. (OTCMKTS: TYOYY)
TDK Corp. (OTCMKTS: TTDKY)
Texas Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: TXN)
The Chemours Company FC LLC (NYSE: CC)
TLG Investment (Hk) Ltd.
Toda Kogyo Corp.
Toray International Inc.
Toshiba Corp. (OTCMKTS: TOSYY)
Toyo Rikagaku Kenkyusho Co. Ltd.
Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd.
TPK Holding Co. Ltd.
Trinseo LLC (NYSE: TSE)
Triotek Technology Inc.
Tripod Technology Corp.
Tsujiden Co. Ltd.
*TTM Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: TTMI)
Unimicron Technology Corp.
Unisteel Technology Ltd.
Unitech Printed Circuit Board Corp.
Vishay Intertechnology Inc. (NYSE: VSH)
Western Digital Corp. (Nasdaq: WDC)
Ying Shing Enterprises Ltd.
Zeniya Aluminum Engineering Ltd.
Apple breaks out a separate group of suppliers that it says "do not have internal manufacturing sites related to Apple spend," but "provide manufacturing services to our suppliers." They are:
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (Nasdaq: AMD)
*Cirrus Logic Inc. (Nasdaq: CRUS)
*Dialog Semiconductor GmbH (OTCMKTS: DLGNF)
OmniVision Technologies Inc.
Parade Technologies Ltd.
Silego Technology Inc.
Synaptics Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNA)
Silicon Works Co. Ltd.
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About the Author
David Zeiler, Associate Editor for Money Morning at Money Map Press, has been a journalist for more than 35 years, including 18 spent at The Baltimore Sun. He has worked as a writer, editor, and page designer at different times in his career. He's interviewed a number of well-known personalities - ranging from punk rock icon Joey Ramone to Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Over the course of his journalistic career, Dave has covered many diverse subjects. Since arriving at Money Morning in 2011, he has focused primarily on technology. He's an expert on both Apple and cryptocurrencies. He started writing about Apple for The Sun in the mid-1990s, and had an Apple blog on The Sun's web site from 2007-2009. Dave's been writing about Bitcoin since 2011 - long before most people had even heard of it. He even mined it for a short time.
Dave has a BA in English and Mass Communications from Loyola University Maryland.