“Production has been suspended at a Foxconn factory in Chengdu City, western China, following an explosion that left three dead and 15 injured on May 20,” Yenting Chen and Jessie Shen report for DigiTimes. “The plant recently started production of Apple’s iPad 2 raising concerns about a possible impact on the device’s output schedule.”

“Foxconn only recently opened up iPad 2 production lines at the new plant in Chengdu, while the company’s facilities in Shenzhen, southern China, remain the main manufacturing site for the tablet PC, sources at upstream component suppliers have commented,” Chen and Shen report. “Foxconn’s Chengdu site shipped 25-30% of the total iPad 2 devices shipped in April, while its Shenzhen site made up the remainder, the sources estimated.”

Chen and Shen report, “Foxconn has issued a statement regarding the explosion and subsequent fire at the facility saying it is cooperating fully with an ongoing investigation by local police officials. Production has been suspended at the site of the explosion until the investigation is completed, it added.”

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