Apple iPhone assembler Foxconn secures enough workers for all China factories

Taiwan’s Foxconn, the top assembler of Apple’s iPhones, issued a statement Sunday night in which it said the company has secured enough workers to meet “seasonal demand” at all major China factories. Foxconn said its recruitment goals have been reached “ahead of schedule at the plants” after the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

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The logo of electronics contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, is displayed at its headquarters in Taipei. Photo: Agence France-Presse

Kensaku Ihara for Nikkei Asian Review:

This signals progress from early March when Chairman Young Liu told investors that Chinese plants were operating at roughly 50% capacity of normal.

The company also stressed that it has instituted rigorous measures to prevent infection. A total of 55,000 workers received PCR coronavirus tests, and over 40,000 people underwent chest X-rays, according to Foxconn.

The company is expected to hit a peak production period after July to manufacture iPhones for release in the fall.

MacDailyNews Take: Good news, if the Chinese government is actually providing accurate coronavirus numbers regarding new cases, recoveries, and deaths. That’s a big “IF.” Given their past history in this and many, many other matters, significant doubt is warranted and independently-verified proof required before we’ll believe anything being excreted by the Chinese government. Hopefully, Foxconn iPhone factories never see a case of SARS-CoV-2.

More hopeful items out of Italy (showing the merits of social distancing):


  1. This is highly irresponsible to send workers back to work so soon in China… and is a PRC make it look like everything is back to normal. Saying that… places like these are like little cities and I wouldn’t be surprised if they actually put a quarantine circle around the factory not allowing anyone to commmute to work. Only those living on site will be allowed in to work.

    This has turned from Chinese government incompetence to a pure PR propaganda win for the PRC

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