The five major technology companies in the United States have spent $ 80 billion on large physical assets & # 39 ;, twice as many as three years ago, and more combined than established companies such as General Motors.
According to a report from this week Bloomberg Businessweek, the five largest technology companies in the US – Apple, Alphabet / Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft – spent a total of $ 80 billion on "physical physical assets" in the past year, a category of production equipment, specialized tools for product assembly, investments in real estate and even physical cables.
This is not just a wave of spending on infrastructure from 2015, when the companies spent $ 40 billion, but it puts it on many former economy companies, such as oil and car companies.
In something of a strange formulation, Work week General Motors said about one tenth of the infrastructure was spent on what the five technology companies did, combined over the past year. General Motors earned $ 145.6 billion in revenues in FY 2017, compared with $ 229 billion for Apple, $ 177.87 for Amazon, $ 110.85 billion for Google, $ 89.95 billion for Microsoft and $ 40.6 billion for Facebook.
The journal does not pick up where it got its data from, nor did it give an arrangement or break down the amount of the company's expenses.
The gradual increase in Apple's spending and other technical companies is likely to be related to technological changes. Data centers have gradually become a more important factor for technical companies. In addition, Apple has opened a new $ 5 billion headquarters and has made significant other real estate investments, with Amazon doing the same.
Apple announced in January that it will spend $ 10 billion on data centers over the next five years. And in 2015, the company announced plans to increase its infrastructure expenditure in the coming years.