Court filings allege Apple mismanagement drove sapphire company into ground
In the months before the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, it was widely rumored that sapphire glass manufacturer GTAT would be providing sapphire screens for the company upcoming devices. After it became clear that wasn the case, GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) stock took a hammering and the company filed for bankruptcy. Now, a new sworn affidavit from GTAT COO, Daniel Squiller, purports to shed light on how the company was essentially forced into coque silicone transparente samsung a50 this position by blatant mismanagement by Apple.
Note: The hakuna matata coque samsung a40 Squiller affidavit we going to discuss here has already been withdrawn from the formal evidence presented to the court in the ongoing bankruptcy case of Apple sapphire supplier, GTAT. Nonetheless, it remains an interesting example of how Apple allegedly negotiates contracts and supply chains.
According to Squiller, Apple initially presented GTAT with a potential order for more than coque samsung s7 2,000 sapphire furnaces. Over a series of months, this initial order morphed into an entirely different arrangement, in which Apple would serve as a loan coque samsung a5 2017 judo company, with GTAT on the hook for delivering a large number of furnaces and borrowing from Apple to build out the factory. Squiller then details how Apple dictated the terms of the factory operation, refused to build out the facility to the specification coque samsung a6 belle GTAT said were necessary, opted for subpar tools as a means of saving money, and caused the failure of multiple runs of sapphire boules by refusing to install the secondary power generators that GTAT maintained were absolutely required to run the facility.
GTAT factory in Mesa, AZ. Where the magic was supposed to happen.
The affidavit coque samsung galaxy a7 2018 bts paints a coque samsung a70 tinkerbell scenario in which tight restrictions effectively forced GTAT to accept all of the risk of operating the business. It couldn sell coque rose samsung a40 its products to other companies without permission, and Apple was under no obligation to purchase product or pay for sapphire boules coque samsung s10 fun that didn meet expectations. In fact, according to Squiller, it was Apple demands, failure to make its final loan payment, interference, and constant meddling that destroyed the productivity of the joint sapphire plant.
According to GTAT, when it expressed doubts about the deal and conditions, Apple told the company to its big boy pants on. Instead, Apple counter filing kicks off with a long list of reasons why other filings shouldn be made public. It further characterizes Squiller statements as both untrue and defamatory, but when it breaks samsung galaxy j3 coques down the list of statements that it has a problem with, the company relies on the same boilerplate phrase:
statements are gratuitous to the purpose of the Supplemental Squiller Declaration and are only included to disparage Apple and harm its relationship with its suppliers. Apple then includes coque samsung s9 metallica a redacted version of coque samsung j3 2017 weed the original affidavit, as though simply blacking out parts of a released document would make the original less visible.
Apple response to the Squiller affidavit is mostly empty squalling about how unfair and inaccurate it is (it declares coque caler compatible 3d brillante pour samsung s10 plus Squiller statement full of and spite but the company does raise one highly cogent point: nobody put a gun to GTAT head and forced it to take the deal. GTAT was on the hook for paying Apple back in product yet to be built in a factory coque samsung j4 that hadn been constructed with an arrangement that gave Apple the right to simply stop buying sapphire screens. While GTAT technically had the option to pay in cash, Apple had locked up the company rights to sell to any other customer meaning the only cash GTAT would have on hand would be the cash that Apple paid it. The company appears coque samsung a8 to have bet that Apple ferilinso coque samsung a50 would conduct itself differently as a partner than it did as coque samsung j3 2016 avec motif a negotiator.
An unfortunate lossThe real losers in this debacle are consumers. With GTAT business collapsing, it going coque samsung s9 to put a heavy tarnish on sapphire manufacturing as a whole. Whether Apple meddling and intrusion into parts selection coque regide coque samsung j6 noir samsung a5 2017 and tool buildout caused problems (as Squiller alleges) or not, the implication is: tried to crack the sapphire screen market and couldn what chance does anyone else have If GTAT is forced out of sapphire manufacturing altogether, it not clear who will pick up the pieces.
Unless Squiller flatly lied under samsung j3 6 coque silicone deposition, Apple did make changes to the factory design and tool selection that GTAT strongly objected to, on the grounds that they would compromise the finished product. The story here is obviously more complicated than simply saying that GTAT failed to deliver what it promised but the true story of who wrecked the deal is likely to remain sealed behind court orders and redacted statements…