What you need to know
- iPhone camera module supplier Ofilm says it has been dropped by a "particular overseas client".
- A Bloomberg report Wednesday says that supplier is Apple.
- Ofilm faces allegations it was involved in human rights violations against Uighurs in the Xinjiang region.
A new report says that the "particular overseas client" which Ofilm admitted has dropped it as a supplier is in fact Apple.
As reported by Reuters yesterday, Ofilm told investors it had received notification that a "particular overseas client" was going to end its contracts with the firm:
Speculation indicated that it was Apple who had dropped Ofilm, given the company's own admission that the unnamed customer made up 22.51% of its 2019 operating income. That has now seemingly been confirmed by Bloomberg:
The report says it is "unclear" if Apple knows whether allegations against Ofilm are true. It was reported back in December that Ofilm was one of a number of companies in China identified by the US Department of Commerce as being involved in "human rights violations against the Uighur people." As explained by Bloomberg:
It was reported then that Apple had likely dropped the firm from its supply chain, with Ofilm's latest statement and a report from Bloomberg seemingly confirming the speculation.
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