Apple is extending its supply chain abroad and is bringing Chimei Innolux into the iPad 2 touch sensors supplier team starting from June.
The Taiwanese company has recently obtained the license to manufacture LCD displays incorporating the in-plane switching technology used in the iPad. Chimei has also started to develop touch sensors and expects to ship them to Apple starting from June.
The IPS displays and touch sensors will make Chimei a one-stop manufacturing centre for panel and touchscreen components, which will include final assembly as well since Chimei is associated with Foxconn. LG and Samsung are the main suppliers for iPad 2 panels. The former is the major supplier, while the latter with its Galaxy Tab is also a direct competitor for Apple.
LG should send three million 9.7-inch displays to the Cupertino giant this month, after the company delivered two million units in April. Last week, it was announced that Coretronic would supply backlights for the iPad 2. It seems that Apple is extending its supply chain in order to augment the iPad 2 production and avoid stock shortages.
Rumours also suggested in April that Apple was testing Everlight Electronics’ LED backlight items but nobody knows how the negotiations between the two companies ended.