Apple reportedly planning $1B database center and R&D facility in Vietnam

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As Apple continues to push digital sales and services into international markets, a report on Friday claims the company is mulling an expansion into Vietnam that would see the creation of a $1 billion database center and R&D facility.


Rendering of Apple's R&D facility in Yokohama, Japan.


Apple's apparent interest in Da Nang province reportedly came up in the minutes of a local government meeting concerning foreign direct investment earlier this week, reports BizLive. Following initial reports, mention of Apple's supposed involvement was expunged from the official record.

According to the local reports, Apple was in March rumored to be weighing the benefits of building a $1 billion Asia-focused database center in Vietnam. The facility might also double as a research and development center, though it is unclear what technologies Apple plans to investigate at the location.

At Apple's Israel R&D center, for example, employees focus on memory and computer chip technology, while an upcoming office in Yokohama, Japan, is said to specialize in the automotive and health industries.

As for Vietnam, Apple last October established a subsidiary, Apple Vietnam LLC, in Ho Chi Minh City under Gene Daniel Levoff, VP of corporate law and director of Apple Operations International. Levoff has been attached to previous international purchases, including last year's assignment of UK music tracking startup Semetric.

Finally, today's report cites a local headhunting firm as saying Apple is looking for an iPhone distribution director and iOS retail director to serve the Vietnam region, sparking hopes that an official retail presence might soon materialize in the country.
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  • Reply 1 of 44
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,408member
    To serve all of Asia? I'd be hesitant to make commitments like this in Communist countries which could conceivably confiscate everything if it suited them.
    Joe Arredondo
  • Reply 2 of 44
    Smart. Anywhere but China? :)

  • Reply 3 of 44
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,408member
  • Reply 4 of 44
    To serve all of Asia? I'd be hesitant to make commitments like this in Communist countries which could conceivably confiscate everything if it suited them.
    What good would it do them to confiscate it?  
    Apple could just 'lock' it up and it would be little more than e-waste.
  • Reply 5 of 44
    rogifan_newrogifan_new Posts: 4,297member
    Hmm...who is Apple buying off here? Do they have problems selling devices in Vietnam?
  • Reply 6 of 44
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,408member
    Hmm...who is Apple buying off here? Do they have problems selling devices in Vietnam?
    There's probably a huge black market for Apple devices there.
  • Reply 7 of 44
    netroxnetrox Posts: 1,024member
    its' just business as usual... please put your personal opinions aside and look at data that would be good for Apple.
    baconstangronnnolamacguypscooter63mwhitejony0
  • Reply 8 of 44
    It's starting to sound to me like they're beginning to pave the way for a U.S. exit after the FBI harassment and the deal with the taxes and offshore money.
  • Reply 9 of 44
    macseekermacseeker Posts: 507member
    Yeah, Apple having centers around the world. Wonder how Cook likes his dog meat. He should think of the US first. I wonder what type of software (spy) traps will be in the apps developed from Vietnam. Not happy at the moment.
  • Reply 10 of 44
    macseeker said:
    Yeah, Apple having centers around the world. Wonder how Cook likes his dog meat. He should think of the US first. I wonder what type of software (spy) traps will be in the apps developed from Vietnam. Not happy at the moment.
    Why should Apple bring international profits back to the U.S. instead of keeping those profits in lower tax bracket countries where the profit was made? They make a lot of profit in the U.S. and they keep that money in the U.S. I'm glad you are not an Apple board member because you have no idea how companies stay in business (hint: it's called profit). As for Vietnam spy trap apps, Vietnam app developers can create spy trap apps now for the app store but they won't make it past the walled garden app checkers. Why would opening a data centre in Vietnam suddenly create a torrent of "Spy Trap Apps" in the app store? Please spend a little more than 1 second of time thinking before you type such nonsense.
    edited August 2016 baconstangmac_dogfotoformatronnnolamacguyRayz2016metrixai46anantksundaramthepixeldoc
  • Reply 11 of 44
    ksecksec Posts: 1,567member
    $1 billion database center
    What is a Database Center?

    SpamSandwich
  • Reply 12 of 44
    Smart. Anywhere but China? :)

    I think the expansion into new foreign countries serves two purposes:


    1. Appeases "invest in our country" requirements (see India).

    2. Sends a message to China: "You're not the only game in town. We could take our jobs elsewhere."
    baconstangronnpscooter63roundaboutnowmonstrosity
  • Reply 13 of 44
    dewmedewme Posts: 3,694member
    I wonder why they wouldn't be looking at Singapore? Seems like it would be far easier to attract talent to Singapore compared to Vietnam. The ease of doing business and tapping into the Asia Pacific marketplace is something that global companies have been doing from Singapore for quite some time. The costs are undoubtedly higher but so is the maturity and sophistication of the infrastructure and business climate. Nothing against Vietnam, but SGP already rocks. 
    patchythepirate
  • Reply 14 of 44
    rcponercpone Posts: 20member
    Cook sure does love the Commies.
    macseeker
  • Reply 15 of 44
    macseekermacseeker Posts: 507member
    rcpone said:
    Cook sure does love the Commies.
    And dog meat.

    He is so much into political correctness but he fails to see the disgusting culture that Vietnam has.
  • Reply 16 of 44
    macseekermacseeker Posts: 507member
    P.S.  China also loves dog meat.
  • Reply 17 of 44
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,337member
    ksec said:
    $1 billion database center
    What is a Database Center?

    The center of a database obviously.   B)
    ai46monstrosity
  • Reply 18 of 44
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,337member

    dewme said:
    I wonder why they wouldn't be looking at Singapore? Seems like it would be far easier to attract talent to Singapore compared to Vietnam. The ease of doing business and tapping into the Asia Pacific marketplace is something that global companies have been doing from Singapore for quite some time. The costs are undoubtedly higher but so is the maturity and sophistication of the infrastructure and business climate. Nothing against Vietnam, but SGP already rocks. 
    Hong Kong would have been perfect.  It's a damn shame Britain didn't take out a 999 year lease on Hong Kong instead of a 99 year one. What was Victoria thinking?  Oh I remember tea!
  • Reply 19 of 44
    larryjwlarryjw Posts: 810member
    Could it be US Exceptionalism is overrated? Apple is merely putting its businesses where smart people are? The US is a nation of consumers. The Asian continent are those doing the producing, in case you haven't been noticing. The US has pockets of excellence each doing their best while warding off extinction. 

    As fundamental research is under attack in the US/UK, it's growing in Asian countries. As most people in the US and all politicians are supportive of colleges only because of their football programs, Asian counties/governments are investing in education in substantive areas, while colleges graduate students majoring in Sophistry. 

    Don't expect jobs to be returning to the US soil unless and until the Asian countries colonize US. 
    drunkzombiestourquethepixeldoc
  • Reply 20 of 44
    larryjw said:

    Don't expect jobs to be returning to the US soil unless and until the Asian countries colonize US. 
    Counterpoint:

    Over the past 15 years, many IT jobs actually have returned to the US, based on two triggers: (a) US firms' disappointment over their loss of control when offshoring some IT and Call Center functions, and (b) the huge amount of innovations and entrepreneurialism stemming from the Internet and Mobile revolutions.

    Big companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, AWS, and others are actively hiring in the US. Additionally, newer services like Snapchat, Instagram, and others show that a vibrant pre-IPO industry exists that has a constant need for fresh, educated, and innovative individuals.
    afrodriJanNL
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