Apple has contracted Hon Hai Precision Industry to supply 17-inch eMacs, AFX.com reports.

The contract to supply monitors for these eMacs was given to Chunghwa Picture Tubes. The report cites the Taiwanese Economic Daily News, but its sources are not specified. It claims Apple's eMac order calls for about 700,000 units.

Hon Hai Precision Industry is known (in the US) as mobile phone and PC manufacturer, Foxconn. Foxconn already manufactures peripherals for a number of clients, including Dell, Compaq and Apple. It has manufacturing operations in China, the US and Europe.

The company recently took third place in Business Week's top 100 IT companies list, which observed: “Asian IT companies are well-suited to thrive in a global downturn because of their role as innovative low-cost providers of manufacturing and services.”

Talking to Business Week, Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou said: “With customers doing ever more outsourcing, you can't sit back and say: 'Tell me what you want'. You have to anticipate what they need.”

Quanta Computer and Elitegroup also manufacture Macs for Apple in the region.