Apple Australia: on the move?

Apple Australia: on the move?

A rumour doing the rounds at the moment has it that Apple Australia may be about to sell off its headquarters in the Sydney suburb of Frenchs Forest in favour of more cost-efficient digs closer to the airport.

According to an ARN source, groups of prospective buyers have been through the building over the past few weeks.

No, no, no, says Apple

A representative of Apple's PR company denied the rumour, saying "whenever the management spends any time off-site, the rumours escalate".

However, an Apple spokesperson said that the company was "looking at a number of options". She denied that groups of buyers had been through, but said that the building had been assessed by a number of valuers. A factor driving those options is the company's plan to move to a build-to-order manufacturing process, which would obviate the need for such a large warehouse.

A smaller warehouse closer to the airport would save a great deal of money in shipping costs.

The likely fate of other facilities at Frenchs Forest, such as management and sales, as well as AAPDA, the developer support program, is unclear in the event of a sale.

The last two years have seen numerous layoffs and restructures throughout Apple, with the result that large areas of the Frenchs Forest building are now empty.

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