Silicon Valley tech group Apple said on Wednesday it planned to open a new billion-dollar campus in Austin, Texas and would make substantial investments in numerous other cities across the US, despite growing concerns about iPhone sales.

Apple said the new campus was part of a “major expansion” of its operations in Austin, and that it would expand into new cities including Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Boulder, Colorado over the next three years as part of a $350bn US investment plan announced in January

Apple said it had added 6,000 jobs to the American workforce in 2018 and employed 90,000 people across all 50 states, and was on track to create 20,000 US jobs by 2023. The comments come as US President Donald Trump has both criticised and lauded big US companies over their corporate plans.

The majority of the company’s products are made in China, which prompted Mr Trump in September to suggest Apple move its product manufacturing to America to avoid new tariffs being imposed on Chinese imports as part of the US-China trade war.

Investors concerns have also grown in recent months on fears about “ peak iPhone” and Apple’s disappointing outlook for the holiday season, with the stock performing its worst since 2008 in November.

Nevertheless, Apple said it intended to invest $10bn in US data centres over the next five years, would grow its workforces in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City and add “hundreds” of jobs by moving into cities including Pittsburgh, New York, Boulder, Boston and Portland, Oregon.

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Over the past two years the company has almost tripled the amount of land it holds, with substantial investments in the US coming alongside lucrative tax breaks.

Apple said the new Austin campus, which will be close to its existing site, will employ 5,000 people — across divisions including sales, operations and research and development — with capacity to grow to 15,000 employees. The expansion is expected to make Apple the largest private employer in Austin.

Like all its workspaces, Apple said the new campus would be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.

“Apple is proud to bring new investment, jobs and opportunity to cities across the United States and to significantly deepen our quarter-century partnership with the city and people of Austin,” said chief executive Tim Cook.

“Apple has been a vital part of the Austin community for a quarter century, and we are thrilled that they are deepening their investment in our people and the city we love,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler.



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