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Catcher says unibody MacBook case plant will fully reopen next week

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Apple supplier Catcher Technology said Wednesday that its China plant that builds unibody MacBook cases will fully reopen at the end of October.

The new details from Taipei, Taiwan, reported by Reuters, are an indication that any supply constraints experienced by Apple could be relatively short-lived. The company was ordered to shut down a factory that builds unibody enclosures for Apple on Oct. 16.

That plant in Eastern China was said to produce 60 percent of Apple's unibody enclosures for its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air products. The plant has also been responsible for casings for Apple's all-in-one iMac desktop.

Catcher had previously said that a partial production halt at the factory would slash shipments in October by 20 percent. That number could have grown to as much as 40 percent in November if the local government refused to allow the plant to resume production.

But with Wednesday's announcement that the plan will open at the end of the month, any concerns about November production appear to be assuaged. Last week, Catcher had originally said it hoped to reopen its plant at some time in November.



The Catcher facility was closed due to "strange odors" said to have been emanating from the plant. The shutdown came just as Apple reported its best quarter ever for Mac sales, reaching 4.9 million units.

Apple quietly updated its MacBook Pro lineup on Monday, with slightly faster Intel processors and updated graphics, while some models gained larger hard drives. The design of the notebooks remains unchanged, featuring Apple's signature unibody look.
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It's China. Fixing the problem probably simply entailed appropriate payments to the government.
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They need to keep it close and bring manufacturing back to the USA.
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They need to keep it close and bring manufacturing back to the USA.

You need to keep that political crap out of threads that aren't about political crap.
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They need to keep it close and bring manufacturing back to the USA.

So you're ready to pay another $1,000 on top of what most consider already pretty pricey Apple products? And you're sure you won't complain when your iPhone is $499 with a 2-yr. contract, right? I'm just checking.

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You need to keep that political crap out of threads that aren't about political crap.

+1.

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