Broadcom’s Fort Collins, CO facility, which already produces 5G components, will be joining with Apple in a multi-million dollar venture announced by the two companies. According to the Coloradoan, Apple is following up on a 2021 promise to keep manufacturing efforts within the United States. The Broadcom agreement is part of a larger commitment by Apple to invest upward of $430 billion in U.S. production.
“We’re thrilled to make commitments that harness the ingenuity, creativity and innovative spirit of American manufacturing,” stated Apple CEO, Tim Cook. “All of Apple’s products depend on technology engineered and built here in the United States, and we’ll continue to deepen our investments in the U.S. economy because we have an unshakable belief in America’s future.”
The pandemic highlighted the need for 5G chips that are not manufactured overseas and then shipped to the U.S. At the Broadcom facility, the company is already producing film bulk acoustic resonators. The resonators are used to reduce interference on cell phones. With Apple’s backing, Broadcom can continue to develop its technology, and invest in automation and staff training to continually improve its processes.
While the expansion will eventually require additional locations and employees, the extent and timeline of the growth has not yet been announced. Broadcom and Apple began working with each other in 2020, when the Apple phones started utilizing Broadcom components.