Why Apple is making their expensive stuff in cheap aluminium instead of using expensive plastic? //// Aluminium is one the cheapest materials you can buy on a global scale, especially thin sheeting. With absolutely no sources or supplier connections, and in about 5 minutes of google searching, I was able to source aluminium sheeting (the same thickness used on the iPhone 6/6+) for $1200 Per Metric Ton.
A metric ton of aluminium sheeting is conservatively enough to make 6500 iPhones (rounded down), meaning that fancy “premium” casing on your iphone is worth about 18 cents.
18 cents, and I can just about guarantee that Apple (and HTC) get their aluminium for cheaper than I can.
Now let’s have a look at plastics, shall we?
Polycarbonate: $2800-$4000 per metric ton
High density polyethylene: $10000 per metric ton
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC): $3000 per metric ton
Acrylic/Plexiglass: $2500 per metric ton
Plastic is consistently more expensive.
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