Ultrabook Makers Look to Plastic as Apple Controls Aluminum Supply

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    Ultrabook Makers Look to Plastic as Apple Controls Aluminum Supply




    Potential Macbook Air competitors will have to use other materials like plastic, as Apple monopolizes the aluminium chassis supply, reports Digitimes. The limited number of chassis is down to the computer numerical control, or CNC machines, which can only produce one unibody frame every three hours.





    Catcher Technology, the main unibody frame maker, has been restricted due to a production stoppage, but they are still giving priority to Apple, which means that other companies are in short supply. They are therefore turning to other materials, such as high density fibre glass.

    The Macbook Air has grown in popularity since it was upgraded in 2010, with the i5 and i7 chips being added in July 2011. It currently represents 28% of Apple’s total notebook sales, and its competitors will have been dealt a blow by the shortage of aluminum frames.
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    How about carbon fiber? Geez these people have no imagination. All they do is hit on Apple instead of training their own manufacturing process...
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    I'm sure carbon fiber would cost a great deal..



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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkyscott21 View Post
    I'm sure carbon fiber would cost a great deal.. Sent from my iPhone 4 via TapaTalk
    Carbon fiber in the quantity required for a small device costs less than the aluminum machining. There is a carbon fiber case manufacturer advertising on IPF, they're not that expensive...
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    Ya, but, In that huge quantity that any given manufacture would need..
    Let's just say, a whole lot!!

    You can also start saying about iMacs, iPads....
    That's a boat load needed considering it would be a 1 piece unit.
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    I think there is availability of the aluminum, but they don't use it due to cost. Plus the added expense of machining equipment and fabrication.

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