INTERNATIONAL – Nintendo plans to shift part of the production of its Switch gaming console to Vietnam from China to diversify manufacturing sites, a spokeswoman at the Japanese video game maker told Reuters on Tuesday.
The move would make Nintendo the latest company to relocate production out of China amid a Sino-US trade war punctuated by tit-for-tat import tariffs spanning industries.
Nintendo, which outsources almost all Switch console production to contract manufacturers in China, plans to make the partial shift to Vietnam this summer, the spokeswoman said.
The shift is aimed at diversifying risks and not to escape the impact of potential tariff hikes by Washington on products imported to the United States from China, the spokeswoman added.
The Nikkei first reported the plan earlier on Tuesday.