Apple has expanded its component procurement offices in Taiwan to cope with increased demand for its products.

The Taiwanese offices exist to arrange contracts with local suppliers for components, such as screens or memory, and manufacture of finished goods through partners such as Quanta in Taiwan. First shipments of the new G5 iMac were produced in Taiwan and flown to Apple's European markets.

Today, Digitimes reports that Apple is expected to purchase about $4 billion value of such products in Taiwan this year - but adds that next year's value could reach an astonishing $5 billion - suggesting a 25 per cent increase in anticipated product sales.

Apple has regained its status to become a $10 billion-a-year company, with analysts predicting the business could rise above that level. Effectively, Apple spent approximately 40 per cent of revenues in Taiwan this year, and expects to spend more next year, suggesting the company could expect demand for its products to rise up to 25 per cent in the next 12 months (subject to the impact of increased manufacturing and component costs).

Staff recruitment has also continued apace, the report points out, from 20 employees three years ago to 100 staffers today. Apple didn't comment on the report.