Articles about Foxconn


AliCloud and Foxconn join forces to train Chinese startup army

Alibaba's cloud division AliCloud has hopped into bed with with Apple manufacturer Foxconn, with the intention of creating a space to breed the next generation of companies to take over the world. The investment "incubator" is intended to nurture SME and "micro" businesses by giving them access to Alibaba's cloud computing …
Kat Hall, 15 Oct 2015

Foxconn to hire a million Indian staff in major base shift

Apple manufacturer Foxconn reckons it will create one million jobs in India by 2020 – nearly the entire number of its current Chinese workforce – according to reports. Hon Hai otherwise known in the West as Foxconn, last month revealed it was setting its sights on India due to increasing wage costs in China. The firm has not …
Kat Hall, 13 Jul 2015

Foxconn to build 1,500-acre, US$5billion complex in India

Foxconn and the Indian state of Maharashtra have announced a relationship that will see the contract manufacturing company spend up to US$5 billion on a colossal manufacturing complex. In a deal announced on Saturday by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Foxconn (known as Hon Hai in its Taiwan home ) founder and …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Aug 2015

iMaker Hon Hai/Foxconn earnings stall as fanbois hold fire

Hon Hai/Foxconn's revenue slowed dramatically in the second quarter, as its iGadgets manufacturing reliance began to take its toll, with fanbois' showing thrift in anticipation of a new iPhone launch later this year. The Taiwanese manufacturer stated that Q2 net profits had risen 27 per cent from the preceding year, reports …

Cheaper Apple iStuff? Foxconn eyes costs-busting Indian move

Taiwanese multinational and Apple device manufacturer Hon Hai/Foxconn is planning to expand into India, opening roughly ten factories and date centres by 2020, according to Indian government officials. Reuters reports the touted move may lower prices in "the world's third largest smartphone market where [Apple] trails Samsung …

Foxconn to build Xiaomi phones in India

With the world of mobile phones fragmenting into local markets, both Taiwanese maker-of-everything Foxconn and China's rising dragon Xiaomi are keen to find a route into the Indian market. Earlier this week, El Reg reported that Foxconn will spend $5bn (£3.2bn) on new factories in India. It's now emerged that the company will …
Simon Rockman, 12 Aug 2015
Workers in a Foxconn plant, credit: Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA

Foxconn joins the Cyanogen investment party

Chinese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn has joined Twitter, Qualcomm, Telefónica and others to swell Cyanogen’s round C funding to $110m. Neither company is saying how much Foxconn is investing, but before the announcement the round C stood at $80m. The money will go to build on the Cyanogen platform – which riffs on Android – “ …
Simon Rockman, 13 May 2015

Duqu 2.0‬ malware buried into Windows PCs using 'stolen Foxconn certs'

The super-sophisticated malware that infiltrated Kaspersky Labs is craftier than first imagined. We're told that the Duqu 2.0 software nasty was signed using legit digital certificates issued to Foxconn – a world-leading Chinese electronics manufacturer, whose customers include Microsoft, Dell, Google, BlackBerry, Amazon, Apple …
John Leyden, 15 Jun 2015

Another death in Apple's 'Mordor' – its Foxconn Chinese assembly plant

A worker at Apple's iPhone manufacturing plant in Zhengzhou, visited by CEO Tim Cook just a few months ago, has been found dead, reigniting concerns over how the iGiant's Chinese outsourcer Foxconn treats its employees. Foxconn, dubbed Mordor by Apple engineers, said in a statement that it was cooperating with the authorities …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Aug 2015

Samsung told to build bots who work for less than Foxconn staffers

Samsung and South Korea are taking aim at electronics manufacturing costs with a new investment in robots it's hoped will make mechanical men cheaper to operate even in jobs that currently need flexible human fingers. South Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has found 6.75 billion won (US$14.8 million) for an …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2015

Stop ROBOT exploitation, cry striking Foxconn workers

Workers at Chinese manufacturer Foxconn have reportedly gone on strike to ask for longer working hours, because automated production processes mean there is less lucrative overtime to be worked. Reports from China suggest that Foxconn workers went on strike after HP cut orders at one of the manufacturer's plants. That's bad news …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2014
Workers in a Foxconn plant, credit: Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA

iThing builder Foxconn applies to be mobile network operator in China

Foxconn, maker of Apple's iPhone, wants to own a mobile phone network in China and has applied for an MVNO licence. Under Chinese law Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd, cannot own an MVNO itself and so is partnering with an unnamed Chinese internet company, according to an MVNO Dynamics report. …
Simon Rockman, 21 Jul 2014
Apple iPhone 5c: attempting to bend or break the case

Foxconn exec on iPhone 6: You're BENDING it WRONG

The head of Apple partner Foxconn has blamed the flexible iPhone 6 scandal — now using the grimly predictable suffix "gate" — on nasty, gossiping rivals. "Bendgate" video bloggers claim the new iPhone, when strapped to fanbois' thighs, has been losing its shape quicker than Man Utd's back four. CEO Terry Gou maintains that …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Oct 2014
HP Cloudline 7100 server

HP battles back against white-box with Foxconn-built Cloudline servers

Open Compute Summit HP has made its bid for relevance in the modern data center with a new line of servers aimed at "rack scale" and "cloud scale" deployments. The HP Cloudline servers, unveiled at the Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose, California this week, are the fruit of a collaboration between HP and Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn …
Neil McAllister, 10 Mar 2015

Dammit, Foxconn: Where's our 1 MILLION-strong robot ARMY?

Foxconn's much-vaunted robot army will do little more than insert screws, polish parts and assist human workers, it has been claimed. A report in the Taiwanese press has suggested that "Foxbots" are nowhere near sophisticated enough to replace real people in Foxconn's factories, which have been the scene of worker suicides. …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Jul 2014

Foxconn to take on 100 THOUSAND workers prior to iPhone 6 launch

Foxconn is preparing for the release of the iPhone 6 by embarking upon a huge hiring spree. A report from Reuters indicates Foxconn, aka Hon Hai Precision Industry, is looking to expand its workforce by up to 100,000 people. Production of the latest iPhone is due to begin next month, with the Taiwanese reports suggesting …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Jun 2014
Workers in a Foxconn plant, credit: Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA

Foxconn CEO: 'Suicides weren't our fault'

An investor meeting has heard from Foxconn's CEO that the worker suicides that plagued the company in recent years weren't the company's fault. Urging patience among investors as the Chinese giant works to reinvent itself beyond product assembly, hiring thousands of researchers and looking at everything from cloud services to …

iPhone maker Foxconn to pump $1bn into new Indonesian factory

Foxconn is planning to spend up to $1bn building a new factory in Indonesia. The firm responsible for making Apple's iPhone has signed a letter of intent which will see it build a new factory in Jakarta. The facility is expected to open its gates some time in the next five years and will contain manufacturing and assembly …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Feb 2014
Angus Highland cow

HP's great cloud server cattle roundup with Foxconn begins

Think servers, you think Hewlett-Packard – the world’s number-one by market share. HP makes $3bn a quarter on such machines; by virtue of owning Compaq, HP claims it made the industry’s first PC server, the SystemPro in November 1989. Aside from some claims on software and cloud, HP’s history is as original equipment maker (OEM …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2015

Foxconn's going to 'exploit' Indian labour? SCORE! Bye, poverty

Worstall on Wednesday El Reg serves us up the news that Foxconn is looking to India to set up production lines, presumably for the assembly of Apple's products. This is excellent news as it means that now Indian workers will get exploited and become rich, as those Chinese have in recent decades. And yes, it is indeed exploitation and yes they will …
Tim Worstall, 17 Jun 2015
Workers in a Foxconn plant, credit: Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA

Foxconn preps for Peak Apple with FIFTEEN THOUSAND new hires

Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, has embarked on a hiring spree in Taiwan and will welcome more than 15,000 new workers through its doors during the coming year. More than a million people now work for Hon Hai, which builds iStuff for Apple. The new staff will work in 4G wireless services, cloud computing …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Mar 2014

Foxconn devours $390m stake in Taiwanese 4G mobe network

Apple supplier Foxconn is planning to buy a stake in Taiwanese mobile operator Asia Pacific Telecom for $390m to gobble up more of the country’s early 4G market. Foxconn, which is listed on the Taiwan stock exchange as Hon Hai Precision Industry, said in a filing with the market that its subsidiary Ambit Microsystems would pay $ …

Yeah, suck it, Foxconn. 'Pegatron' 'nabs' '15%' of 'iPhone 6' 'production'

Whispers among the iChattering classes today claim Taiwanese factory giant Pegatron has received orders from Apple to crank out a share of iPhone 6 handsets. According to a report in Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times, it's rumoured Pegatron will build 15 per cent of all 4.7-inch iPhone 6 devices, which are likely to be …
Jasper Hamill, 08 May 2014

Foxconn to staff: ‘Put down the drill and launch a start-up!’

Foxconn boss Terry Gou wants to let a hundred flowers blossom at the contract manufacturing giant, with new plans to support up to five spin-off companies every year in a bid to strengthen the firm by supporting entrepreneurship. Chairman Gou, who has seen the company he founded 40 years ago grow into a multi-billion dollar …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Feb 2014

Foxconn boss: We're CROSSING Mexican border ... to bring TV-making jobs into US

The head of Foxconn has reportedly said that he is confident that the group, which includes the Hon Hai unit busily making iPhones, will see its revenue grow by 15 per cent this year. Terry Gou also said that the group was expecting to invest 10 times as much in the US in 2014, Reuters reported local media including the …

Foxconn mulls US expansion as States compete for business

Contract manufacturing giant Foxconn could be set for a major expansion into the US, although not with the low-cost, labour intensive factories that have defined its presence in China. Chairman Terry Gou told reporters at the group’s annual Chinese New Year party on Sunday that “the US is a must-go market”, according to Reuters …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Jan 2014
Photo of Apple iPhone 5C in a range of colors

iPHONE 5c FACTORY SHUTDOWN: Foxconn 'halts' mobe rebrand op

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn is shutting down production of the iPhone 5c in one of its factories in order to shift production to the higher-end iPhone 5s, sources claim. The supply-chain sleuths at DigiTimes say Foxconn is planning to cease production of Apple's plastic, multicolored mobe at its facility in …
Neil McAllister, 18 Nov 2013
Doctor Who: The Robots of Death

Google, Foxconn team to build ROBOT ARMY

Contract manufacturer and long time Apple-assembler-extraordinaire Foxconn is now helping Google achieve its ambitious plans in the robotics space, according to the Wall Street Journal. The two firms have apparently been working on something since last year. People familiar with the matter told the paper that Google’s new robot …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Feb 2014
Workers in a Foxconn plant, credit: Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA

Foxconn: 11 hurt in 'personal' fights between workers

Eleven Foxconn workers were hurt after a "large fight" broke out among them near the Nintendo, Dell and Nokia supplier's factory last week, the firm has confirmed. Between 300 and 400 people joined in with the ruckus on Thursday evening, which took place in the eastern city of Yanta after what Foxconn described as a gathering …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Sep 2013

Foxconn 'fesses up to labour breaches: Made students work long hours

Taiwan based Apple-assembling firm Foxconn has admitted overworking its interns by making them work night shifts and overtime - even though the work is "voluntary". Foxconn confessed to mistreating its workers following a report in the Oriental Morning Post which claimed students in the city of Xian were forced to join its …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Oct 2013
Columns of coins in the cloud

HP-Foxconn wave cloud kit under the nose of Google, Facebook et al

As many as 20 cloud titans that order servers by the container load are fixed in HP's server team's sights – as a joint venture between contract manufacturer Foxconn and the PC giant begins. The duo's alliance was forged last week: the aim is to give HP a better shot at competing against Taiwanese assembly lines that churn out …
Paul Kunert, 07 May 2014
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Mozilla teams up with Foxconn for Firefox 'fondleslab'

Mozilla is working with Apple hardware-maker Foxconn to release a mobile device running Firefox OS, it told news outlets on Monday, and plans to unveil it at an event next week. The foundation told Reuters it had teamed up with Hon Hai Precision Industry Co on the device as part of its global expansion plans for the operating …

Foxconn still flogging iWorkers, but more lightly

The Fair Labor Association's (FLA's) latest report on workers at Chinese manufacturer Foxconn, Apple's preferred source for many iThings, has found many staff are still working longer hours than is allowed under Chinese law. The report (PDF) is based on audits of Foxconn plants in Guanlan, Longhua and Chengdu. The report was …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2013
Fake scratched iPhone 5

Report: Apple returned 8M shoddy iPhones to Foxconn

Foxconn has apparently botched a batch of iPhones, which Apple returned to the contract manufacturer because they were not fit for sale. Details of just what went wrong are sketchy, as the source for this tale is an anonymous Foxconn staffer chatting to China Business. That report, after being forced through a couple of …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

Foxconn master fails to sink teeth into tasty Sharp stake

The deadline for Foxconn daddy Hon Hai to come up with a new deal for a stake in wheezing monitor biz Sharp has passed without the companies coming to any arrangement. Hon Hai was in talks to take as much as 9.9 per cent of the Japanese firm and a deal was first signed this time last year for ¥66.9bn ($806m, £507m). But the …
Photo of the Keon Firefox OS phone from Geeksphone

Foxconn signs on to build Firefox OS devices for clients

Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn, best known in the West for assembling Apple's iPhones, has announced its support for the Mozilla Foundation's web standards–based Firefox OS. The gizmo-maker said at a press event in Taipei on Monday that it had entered into "a wide-ranging partnership" with Mozilla, though no …
Neil McAllister, 03 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

Foxconn: THESE child workers were NOT making Apple products

Apple manufacturer Foxconn has admitted that child labourers were working at one of its factories in China. The Taiwanese firm said an internal investigation found employees as young as 14 working at its plant in Yantai in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, according to China Labour Watch. The US-based NGO said Foxconn …

Peak Apple: Foxconn contemplating life after Cupertino

Foxconn is reportedly planning for an Apple-free future after a massive slump in orders from Cupertino. Apple's favourite production company is moving away from simply building other people's designs and trying to break into a new market with the introduction of a range of flatscreen televisions. However, since their …
Jasper Hamill, 07 May 2013
Photo of the Keon Firefox OS phone from Geeksphone

Foxconn recruiting 3,000-strong army to work on Firefox OS

Foxconn is a firm believer in the Mozilla Foundation's open source Firefox OS – so much so that the Taiwanese electronics giant is reportedly planning to beef up its software staff by as many as 3,000 workers to help support the platform. Mozilla and Foxconn announced a "wide-ranging partnership" earlier this month, with …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jun 2013
Apple iPhone 5 vs 4S

Apple says 'zai jian' to Foxconn, taps Pegatron for new iPhones

Apple plans to widen its supply chain for its next-generation iPhone to include manufacturers other than just longtime partner Foxconn, sources say. The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the fruity firm has named Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Pegatron the primary assembler of a new, lower-cost version of its …
Neil McAllister, 30 May 2013
The Register breaking news

Foxconn mulls solar panels, sticking Apple where sun doesn't shine

Apple iStuff maker Foxconn could start churning out solar panels at its Chinese factories, a spokesman for the manufacturing goliath revealed. Perhaps worried that the sun could set on its long-running relationship with the iPad giant, the Taiwanese multinational will decide by the end of the year whether to move into the solar …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Arbitrators side with Foxconn in brain-damaged worker case

Chinese layout arbitrators have ruled against the family of the Foxconn worker who was brain-damaged in a factory accident in Shenzhen. Zhang Tingzhen was injured while at work in October 2011 and had to have nearly half of his brain surgically removed. He has been in hospital in Shenzhen city ever since. Problems arose between …
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Google plonks down cash for Foxconn's head-mounted display patents

Google has snapped up a parcel of patents from Hon Hai Precision Industry, the Taiwanese electronic manufacturer more commonly known as Foxconn, in a move seemingly designed to bolster its Glass headsets against potential competitors. In a statement obtained by The Wall Street Journal, Hon Hai described the patents sold to the …
Neil McAllister, 23 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Foxconn must pay Microsoft for EVERY Android thing it makes

Microsoft will collect a royalty for every device built by Foxconn that runs Google operating systems Android or Chrome OS. Hon Hai, the parent of the Chinese electronics behemoth, confirmed today it has inked a deal to license unspecified Microsoft patents on smartphones, tablets and TVs built by Foxconn that use Google's Linux …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

Family sues Foxconn in brain-damaged worker compensation case

The family of the Foxconn worker who lost his brain after a factory accident is taking the tech manufacturer to court over its attempts to move him from his hospital. Zhang Tingzhen is currently in hospital in Shenzhen, but Foxconn is trying to get him to travel to Huizhou to have his disability assessment because the company …
The Register breaking news

Foxconn's revenue down on slowing iPad, iPhone sales

Earnings are down at Hon Hai Precision Industry, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant better known as Foxconn, leaving analysts wondering whether the slump bodes bad news for the company's biggest partner, Apple. Foxconn's revenues for the three months ending March 2013 were 808.97bn Taiwanese dollars ($26.99bn/£17. …
Neil McAllister, 10 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

Apple supplier Foxconn could still take a bite out of Sharp

Sharp has said that it is still in talks with Foxconn for an investment that would make the Apple supplier the largest shareholder in the firm. The struggling Japanese company already struck a deal with Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, for a stake in exchange for some much-needed cash. But Hon Hai backed off …
The Register breaking news

Apple brand channels hefty profits to iThing maker Foxconn

Foxconn Technology, manufacturing buddy of Apple, received a nice boost to its profits courtesy of the continued popularity of iDevices. The mega electronic components manufacturer, also known as Hon Hai Precision, reckons its improved productivity and better device lineup gave its earnings a lift as well as bringing some money …
The Register breaking news

Foxconn calls in the cops over supplier bribes claims

Manufacturing behemoth Foxconn has revealed it is working with police to investigate allegations of bribery against employees suspected of seeking illegal payments from supply chain partners. The Taiwanese firm, which churns out kit for Apple, Samsung, Nokia, HP and others, made the revelations after an article appeared in local …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Jan 2013

Foxconn moves into e-distribution

Apple’s controversial Chinese manufacturer Foxconn is moving into e-commerce distribution and opening new headquarters in Shanghai. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou announced that the new operation would be a one-stop shop for services that range from manufacturing to logistics and reselling and be up and running within two years. Foxconn …