Ford rules out building Focus Active in US


"Exciting!" Trump said in the tweet.

Levine later expanded that last point with a tweet highlighting how large Ford's manufacturing presence is in the U.S.

WALL STREET: U.S. stock indexes fell on Friday after President Donald Trump said he's ready to impose tariffs on essentially every good that's imported from China.

Trump previously has claimed that Apple is building new plants in the United States, but the iPhone maker has not announced any such plans. The President thought these tariffs would force the automaker to shift production of the Focus Active from China to the US but Ford says that isn't happening.

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However, the company's letter adds that every product of theirs "contains parts or materials from the United States and is made with equipment from U.S. based suppliers".

U.S. President Trump tweeted on Saturday that Apple Inc (AAPL.O) should make products inside the United States if it wants to avoid tariffs on Chinese imports.

Furthermore, as the Huffington Post reported, citing federal statistics, us trade deficit with China, and the European Union has jumped to a five-month high, in spite of the tariffs.

Ford promptly shot down such a prospect, responding that "it would not be profitable" for the company to build the auto in the USA because of the relatively low sales volume it has forecast.

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Carrier Transicold, a unit of Carrier Corp/United Technologies Corp, said it was concerned the proposed 10 percent additional duty on various industrial components will reduce its global competitiveness and undercut its US operations. "We hope, instead, that you will reconsider these measures and work to find other, more effective solutions that leave the USA economy and USA consumer stronger and healthier than ever before", Apple said. In May, it stopped making Focus sedans at a plant in Wayne, Michigan.

Apple might increase USA production in the next 5 - 10 years, but it will still remain a small part of its manufacturing footprint. Office Depot also said the tariffs would impact small- and medium-sized US companies. Hence the production of Ford cars at USA soil had become quite expensive.

The company said tariffs would hit "a wide range of Apple products", including computers, watches, adapters, chargers and tools used in its US manufacturing, fix and data centers. "Even if you had demand and volume, it's still very hard to build a small vehicle in the US profitably, which is why you find very few of them here".

Apple outlined how the company's operations and products will be affected by the tariffs.

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China's integrated circuit (IC) industry grew 21 percent per year from 2013 to 2017, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has said, five times the global average.