Apple's main iPhone maker Foxconn to resume some Chinese production

Daniel Fowler
February 11, 2020

The unnamed source said almost 16,000 employees, which translates to just under 10 percent of the company's workforce in Zhengzhou, have resumed work at the plant.

Apple Inc's largest iPhone assembler, yesterday said it has received approval from the Chinese government to resume production at its plant in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, Reuters reported, citing a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

The two plants contain most of Foxconn's iPhone assembly lines, the news agency said.

Kuo declined to provide new shipping forecasts because "there are still many uncertainties", but last week he reduced his iPhone shipping forecast by 10 percent to 36 to 40 million units during the first quarter of 2020 due to the coronavirus. According to the company, though, it resumed production on devices last week and operations are now running normally. This plant was scheduled to resume production on February 2 but that has been delayed by at least a week. Public health experts said Foxconn's factories faced "high risk of coronavirus infection" after conducting on-site inspections. A Reuters report today says Foxconn requested permission form the Chinese government to resume production at the Shenzhen facility but has been refused permission. We need to improve our anti-virus measures for further screening, "said the person who refused to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the subject (...)".

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Taiwan's Foxconn, which makes smartphones for global vendors including Apple, will also not see one of its key iPhone plants based in the central city of Zhengzhou restart work on Monday, the report added. Furthermore, the person that the company executives have left no stone unturned in an attempt to work out a deal with authorities to reinstitute production in other parts of China.

Foxconn told workers returning to their jobs Monday to wear masks, follow a certain dining system and go through temperature checks, according to internal memos Reuters reviewed. Foxconn has fallen more than 11 percent since the market reopened after the holiday break.

Employees work inside a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in the southern Guangdong province, China, May 26, 2010.

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