Update: Nintendo withdraws some Switch production in China amidst US trade war

Update: Nintendo withdraws some Switch production in China amidst US trade war

Update: Nintendo has reportedly moved a small portion of Switch console manufacturing to Vietnam, according to Chinese newspaper DigiTimes. Production in Vietnam will supply the US for the most part as a result of the proposed tariff.

Sources indicated that assembly in Vietnam will be handled by Japanese firm Hosiden. The company has worked with Nintendo on manufacturing in the past and has made 300,000 units since June. 

Nintendo has yet to comment on the production changes, with 90 per cent of Switch consoles still being built in China.

Original Story: Nintendo has reportedly withdrawn a section of its Switch production in China amidst the possible negative impact of US tariffs on Chinese-made electronics.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, three sources who all work on Nintendo’s supply chain for the console claimed that production is being pulled out in some capacity, with manufacturing now shifting to Southeast Asia.

Exploring other areas

Part of this move includes the cheaper Switch model and high-end edition of the consoles that are rumoured to be launched in the future as a replacement for the 3DS.

The reasoning for this move is to do with the ongoing US-China trade war, which could see the States impose a 25 per cent tariff on imported game consoles.

A representative from Nintendo confirmed that the majority of Nintendo Switch systems are made in China, however the firm is always open to exploring new areas for where its production lies.

Nintendo had a lot to announce this week at E3, you can check out all the key game reveals in our roundup here.

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Matthew Forde is a freelance writer from Yorkshire, who's work has been published for Tech Radar, Nintendo Life, Kotaku UK and more. He regularly attends Smash Bros. tournaments, while trying to keep up-to-date on everything pop culture related - particularly superheroes. You can find him on Twitter @Forde999.


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