Apple’s iPad and the never-ending supply issues seem to be irrevocably intertwined. Supply is always falling short of demand for the tablet. To their credit, Apple has never stopped trying to overcome the situation. Take, for instance, their latest effort to ramp up production by roping in Chimei Innolux as the newest member of Apple’s supplier list. Interestingly, Chimei Innolux happens to be a long time affiliate of Foxconn. Foxconn in turn can be considered Apple’s primary manufacturing partner that has been involved with the iPad range of tablets ever since they were launched more than a year ago.
Coming to Chimei Innolux, the company said that they will be in a position to start shipping of the first batch in June. In fact, considering their close association with Foxconn, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise if Chimei Innolux emerges as a one stop shop for churning out completely assembled iPads in future.
In the meantime, the two other suppliers from which Apple sources their touch panels include the two South Korean companies of LG and Samsung, with LG being the primary supplier. Industry sources also point out LG is all set to start delivery of 3 million iPad panels to Apple towards the end of this month, while production will be ramped up to 4 million units of touch panels by Q3 of this year. This along with the inclusion of Chimei Innolux as a supplier of iPad touch panels will help offset the lag in production that has come into place following the devastating earthquake that shook Japan in March as well as the recent fire at a Foxconn plant in Chengdu, China.