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This one's probably a long-shot, but apparently Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is thinking about branching out and building manufacturing facilities in the United States. Two potential destinations reportedly being evaluated include Detroit, Michigan and Los Angeles, California. Foxconn is a major manufacturer of electronics devices that are shipped and sold in the U.S. and other parts of the world. It's the leading producer of Apple products and also has contracts with companies like Dell, Sony, and Microsoft, to name just a few tech heavyweights. Setting up manufacturing plants in the U.S.... Read more...
Apple's iPhone 5 is a gorgeous looking smartphone, there's just no two ways about it. From its thin and light profile to its crystalline diamond-cut chamfers surrounding the 4-inch display, there's a high level of precision required to build the iPhone 5, and apparently that's making it difficult for Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn) to keep up with demand. In fact, Hon Hai Precision Chairman Terry Gou told reporters that his company is shipping "far fewer" iPhone 5 models than Apple requested due to quality control issues, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to Gou, it ultimately comes down the... Read more...
The last thing Foxconn needs right now is more negative publicity over working conditions at its factories in China, but it seems the iPhone manufacturer just can't seem to help itself. Foxconn's self-inflicted black eye this time around comes from fessing up that it hired underage interns at one of its facilities, some of which were found to be as young as 14 years old. According to a report in USA Today, Foxconn claims it was made aware of the underage interns via a company investigation at a factory in Yantai. China's minimum legal working age is 16, and those found to be younger than that were... Read more...
There's big trouble brewing at Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory in China. According to local reports, as of yesterday afternoon, between three thousand and four thousand workers went on strike at the plant, which produces iPhone 5 devices for Apple. Foxconn is often the topic of unfair working conditions, and that's what this work stoppage is all about. Employees grinding away at the factory building iPhone 5 models for Apple are complaining that they're being told they have to work during holidays, and also that quality control has to improve dramatically, despite the lack of worker training. "Quality... Read more...
Riots involving thousands of disgruntled workers have erupted at one of Foxconn's plants in China. Foxconn builds and supplies Apple's iPhone devices, including the new iPhone 5, as well as various other electronics for companies like Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and other well known companies. "The plant is closed today for investigation," a Foxconn spokesman told Reuters in a statement. It's being reported that the plant could stay closed for up to several days. If so, it would come at a time when Apple's newest smartphone is on pace to become the best selling iPhone (and smartphone) of... Read more...
Reports are surfacing once again of poor and/or questionable working conditions at a Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision) plant in China where Apple devices are being built. The latest revolves around thousands of local college students being forced to work long shifts putting together iPhone 5 devices rather than attending class. Foxconn is reportedly short on workers to meet expected demand for Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 smartphone, which will be announced on September 12 and likely start shipping later in the month or in October at the latest. Classes have reportedly been suspended at nearby institutions... Read more...
Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn, from here on out) chairman, Terry Gou, is proving to be a shrewd negotiator, as Sharp is finding out. Sharp, which is saddled with debt and reportedly falling behind schedule producing displays for Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 device, is in talks with Foxconn to sell the Taiwanese firm a 9.9 percent stake in the company, but Gou will only agree to the partnership if he's given a management role with Sharp. Gou was scheduled to meet with Sharp executives during a trip to Japan last week, but left the country without notice. It's a power play on his part, and he's making... Read more...
Foxconn has been making the news more often than not regarding labor practices, but the company also makes a range of PCs with its own brand on it. Here's the Foxconn NanoPC, a nettop that'll ship in two different versions. The AT-5250 and AT-5600 are based on the Intel Atom and AMD Brazos platforms, respectively, and neither consumes over 24 watts under load. Furthermore, they're "silent" due to the passive cooling setup. These are obviously aimed at carputer, industrial and even HTPC use, where power load is crucial and the noise factor is a big deal, too. They'll support 1.8" and 2.5" storage... Read more...
Another Foxconn employee decided to take his own life, the latest being a 23-year-old who jumped off his company-rented apartment outside of a plant in Chengdu where he worked prior to this death, Reuters reports. Foxconn, which manufactures iPhones, iPads, and tech devices for a number of high profile companies like Apple and Dell, suffered a black eye over working conditions in 2010 when a rash of employee suicides garnered media attention. The suicides continued to mount through part of 2011, though it's been relatively quiet recently following an agreement Foxconn reached with Apple earlier... Read more...
Fueled in part by revelations in Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography that Jobs had finally figured out how the TV market, rumors of the long-awaited Apple TV have swirled often. According to China Business News’ confidential sources, the devices are coming soon; Apple TVs will be rolling off of assembly lines at Foxconn, as the company has reportedly received orders for a trial production run. Although there are smart TVs here and there, access to plenty of Internet-connected content, and promising software such as Google TV in development, the industry is ripe for a TV that serves... Read more...
Steve Jobs created a consumer culture like no other with his company's iDevices, and these days iPhone and iPad launches attract long lines that, in some areas, stretch for blocks. It's pretty insane when you think about it, but what's most remarkable is the amount of people power it takes to pull off these product launches. Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.) is the primary producer of Apple products (as well as many other tech items from the likes of Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and so forth), and working conditions at the company's plants in China have come under fire following complaints... Read more...
After news broke that the Fair Labor Association found numerous working condition violations at Foxconn plants in China, there was some worry that when the factories reduced working hours to more humane levels, workers would see a deep dropoff in pay. At least in word if not yet in deed, Foxconn spoke out to alleviate those concerns. Last night, a Reuters report quoted Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou as saying that the company is telling its workers, “you work fewer hours, but get more pay”. Gou also pledged to continue to work to increase worker salaries. Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou (image... Read more...
In January, Apple joined the Free Labor Association, agreeing to uphold the group’s workplace standards. A month later, the FLA launched an independent investigation into working conditions at Foxconn plants in China, where many Apple products are manufactured. Now, the investigation is complete, and the FLA found that indeed, there were plenty of problems with working conditions at the three factories it visited in Guanlan, Longhua, and Chengdu. The group also secured pledges from Apple and Foxconn that the two companies will fix the issues and said in a press release that it will continue... Read more...
Now this, this is pretty insane. For quite some time now, ABC's Nightline has been attempting to gain access to the behind-the-scenes nature where iAnything products are built. But in typical Apple fashion, the company has remained pretty tight-lipped about the whole thing. But there's something even Apple can't ignore: massive public pressure. While the company has been getting away with all of this secrecy in the past, there has developed a sudden surge of interest in what exactly Apple's doing behind the scenes. Why? Because they just had their most profitable quarter ever, pulling down billions... Read more...
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