We already knew Foxconn has zeroed in on Brazil as the site for its new plant and it’s almost ready to start its commercial run. Production is expected to kick off in December, though industry watchers have earlier predicted the plant won’t go live before early 2012. Also, while things will kick start at the Brazil plant by December at the earliest, it’s likely Apple would like to have its upcoming iPad 3 made at the site.
The plant is the outcome of a joint venture of the Brazilian government and Foxconn, with the latter pumping in US$12 million in the deal. There is a lot of sense in having a manufacturing site catering to Apple products in Brazil, as this would mean serving the North American market would become easier. The company will get to save a lot of time and freight costs in having finished iPads transported to US, one of Apple’ biggest markets. Then, of course, Apple enthusiasts would be saved from the long waiting periods, as there will now be more iPads coming their way.