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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
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iPhone-maker Foxconn not gonna save Sharp

iPhone-maker Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn, will not come to the rescue of floundering Japanese manufacturers Sharp, says Reuters. Sharp will have to look to itself to save its wilting electronics manufacturing business, says Reuters' unnamed source. Sharp had asked the Taiwanese bits-maker Hon Hai for a …
Anna Leach, 22 Feb 2013

Foxconn-rebrander Apple to rebrand hardware from other Taiwanese firms, too

Apple is planning to work with new manufacturers in China to beef up its supply chain and meet growing demand for the iPhone 5S. The Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed sources who claimed the Taiwanese firm Wistron will soon join Pegatron and Hon Hai as a manufacturer of the 5S. The Taipei-based smartphone and computer …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Nov 2013
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Foxconn: Our hiring freeze has nothing to do with iPhone 5

Apple's main manufacturing buddy Foxconn has frozen hiring at a Shenzhen plant and other factories across China, but denies it has anything to do with the fruity firm in particular. The parts-manufacturer for tech firms ranging from Apple to Dell said today that it wasn't slowing down recruitment because of any particular client …

iPhone maker Foxconn hatching US factory expansion plan?

Updated Foxconn, the employee-infuriating, child-employing, and brain-damaging manufacturer of kit for Apple, Amazon, Sony, Nintendo, and others, is exploring the possibility of building plants in the US – Detroit and Los Angeles, to be specific. At least that's what unnamed "market watchers" have told DigiTimes, the Taiwanese online …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Nov 2012
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iPhone 5 is the 'most difficult, scratchy device Foxconn has ever made'

We've heard it before, but this time a Foxconn exec said it straight to the Wall Street Journal: the iPhone 5 is really hard to make, the "most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled." Many words have been expended over the complexity of manufacturing the screen in the 5 but it seems as though its scratchiness is …
Anna Leach, 17 Oct 2012
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Control issues forced Foxconn daddy to shun Sharp deal

Foxconn chief Terry Gou walked away from talks with Sharp last month because he wasn't being offered enough control in return for his cash, it has emerged. It has been apparent for several weeks that the deal between Sharp and Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai was stumbling, and now a comment from Gou explains why. Sharp wanted …
Anna Leach, 14 Sep 2012
Workers in a Foxconn plant, credit: Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA

40 Foxconn staff hospitalised after CAMPUS RIOT

A dispute at a dormitory near a Foxconn plant in northern China last night led to a riot involving 2,000 employees lasting well into the early hours of this morning when police took control, with scores sent to hospital for treatement. The giant Taiwanese ODM employs 79,000 at the plant which is believed to be manufacturing …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Sep 2012
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Foxconn beefs up iPhone output to 400k units a day

Apple’s iPhone maker Foxconn is doubling production capacity to 400,000 units a day. The move will cost $1.1bn and will see the company's facility at Foxconn Science Park in Zhengzhou, China, become the world's biggest phone factory, accounting for $20bn in sales revenue in 2012. China Daily reports that the Zhengzhou factory …
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Foxconn: We're not FORCING interns to make iPhone 5

The production line turning out iPhone 5s at Foxconn will be manned by willing interns only, said the Chinese company in a statement, rebutting stories last week that the new mobe was being pieced together by conscripted work experience kids. Newspaper China Daily had alleged last week that trainee primary school teachers and …
Anna Leach, 10 Sep 2012
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Foxconn daddy's shares slip on weak Q1 profit

Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai's shares dropped 7 per cent today after it announced weaker profits than expected in the first quarter. Hon Hai reported a net profit of NT$14.9bn ($510.8m, £314m) for the quarter, down just a little from the same period last year when the firm made NT$15.3bn ($523.2m, £322m). The group's costs …
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New cheapo iPhone ain't gonna be that cheap, says non-Foxconn CEO

The CEO of a Chinese firm rumoured to be building an entry-level version of the iPhone has warned world+dog against calling it cheap. Tong Zixian, chairman of Pegatron, told a shareholder meeting today that the new iPhone's "price is still high". According to a dodgy translation of Zixian's comments, the new phone offers "parity …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jun 2013
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Massive strike at Foxconn's iPhone 5 factory

As many as 4,000 workers at Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory reportedly walked off the job on Friday in protest of the stricter quality-control requirements for Apple's iPhone 5 assembly line. The strike is said to have begun at approximately 1pm local time, and as of this writing it is not clear whether it is still ongoing, …
Neil McAllister, 06 Oct 2012
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1,000 Foxconn iPad workers trash dorms in riot against guards

A riot broke out at a Foxconn workers' dormitory in Chengdu after hundreds of workers got involved in a clash with security guards, according to reports from Chinese human rights website Molihua [English version in the Want China Times here]. The incident at the dorm started at about 9pm on Monday and escalated into a full-scale …
Anna Leach, 07 Jun 2012
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Foxconn chief: we're gearing up for Apple 'iTV'

Foxconn chief Terry Gou reportedly reckons that Apple, one of the contract manufacturer's biggest customers, is indeed preparing the so-called 'iTV'. To be fair to Gou, he didn't actually say Apple is planning to offer an HD TV, but he did say his company is preparing its production lines for such a product, at least according …
Tony Smith, 14 May 2012

Foxconn staffer lets slip iPhone 5 ship date

iPhone 5 rumours picked up a couple of notches today after a Foxconn recruiter let slip that the manufacturer is hiring staff for the next-gen Apple phone's production. A human resources worker from Foxconn's Taiyuan, Shanxi Province plant said the company is hiring 18,000 workers for the fifth-generation iPhone, the World …
Caleb Cox, 03 Apr 2012
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Foxconn denies factory labor strike reports

Foxconn has denied reports that a mass strike last week shut down its Zhengzhou, China factory, one of two Chinese plants where the Taiwanese manufacturing giant assembles Apple's latest iPhone. On Friday, New York–based labor rights group China Labor Watch had claimed that as many as 4,000 workers had walked off the job at …
Neil McAllister, 08 Oct 2012
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Foxconn: Worker who lost half his brain in accident must leave hospital

iDevice-maker Foxconn has confirmed to the media that it has been pushing for a Chinese worker with brain damage caused by a factory accident to leave the hospital. Zhang Tingzhen's family said the manufacturer, which makes kit for Apple and other tech firms, has been sending text messages to them since July, demanding that he …
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Foxconn overlord seeks cheap Sharp stake to cope with Apple fanbois

Foxconn daddy Hon Hai wants a piece of Sharp so it can improve the moribund telly biz's production of Apple iPhone displays - but it will only do the deal if talks on how to boost Sharp's earnings pan out. Hon Hai executive Tai Jen Wu told reporters in Sakai, Japan, that discussions about sharpening Sharp's profits were central …
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Workers worry about pay cuts from Apple, Foxconn pact

Labor-conditions activists and feel-good petitioners may be pleased with Apple's agreement with contract-manufacturing giant Foxconn to cut back on workers' overtime, but there's another affected class that's not as pleased with the outcome: the workers themselves. "We are worried we will have less money to spend," Foxconn …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Mar 2012

Foxconn plans massive plant in Indonesia

Controversial hardware maker Foxconn looks set to expand its manufacturing empire outside of China by getting down to work on a 1,000 hectare site in Indonesia, which the government there hopes will be the first of a $10bn investment in the country. There had been suggestions for weeks that the ODM was planning to set up a plant …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Jul 2012
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Foxconn tooling up for iPhone 5

Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn is preparing its production lines for the iPhone 5, a company mole has claimed. The throat, who previously told 9to5Mac at the end of summer 2011 that the iPhone 5 would not be launched in the near future, told the website that the new model will be longer and wider than the iPhone 4S - …
Tony Smith, 26 Jan 2012
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Foxconn is world's 10th biggest employer: 1.2 MILLION on payroll

iPad-maker Foxconn is the world's 10th biggest employer, and can count staff members over half those of China's Red Army, according to a new piece of research by the BBC. Altogether 1.2 million people are employed in the Taiwanese assembly and electronics company, which churns out the world's most popular gadgets including the …
Anna Leach, 20 Mar 2012
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Foxconn daddy's cheap Sharp stake slurp still news to Sharp

Foxconn parent Hon Hai is drawing up a joint statement on its deal to buy a cheaper stake in Sharp this month, although Sharp is still insisting there's no need for any renegotiation. Taiwanese Hon Hai told Reuters that the two firms were working to agree on a "better version" of the March deal, when Hon Hai agreed to pay ¥66. …

Embattled Foxconn raises wage slaves' salaries

China's Foxconn contract-manufacturing group, which for years has come under fire for alleged workforce abuses, has responded in part by giving its workers raises of from 16 to 25 per cent. According to a Bloomberg report, the raises kicked in on February 1 – just one week after a scathing article in The New York Times wrote of …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Feb 2012
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Nokia, Moto, Sony phone wing of Foxconn is soaked in red

Shares in Foxconn International Holdings slumped nearly 8 per cent today after the kitmaker reported a whopping loss for the first half of the year. FIH, the bit of Hon Hai Group that works for Nokia, not Apple, has lost a record $226m so far this year as its star customer falters, compared to a loss of just $18m for the same …
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Arts & social-sci students briefly forced to do useful work at Foxconn

A Chinese student forced to intern at Foxconn has complained that his two months on the gadget assembly line was like "military training" and unrelated to his degree, according to a local Chinese news site. A group of students at Xi'an Technological University have complained about having to do work with with the iPhone …
Anna Leach, 22 Jun 2012
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Cocky Foxconn tells tech biz: We'll design your mobes, you do the ads

The phone-making division of Foxconn swung into the black with a net profit of $75.1m (£47.5m) in 2011, according to its latest preliminary report to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange [PDF]. It also offered to take care of all the tough stuff in product design, leaving the marketing and branding to its tech titan clients. The result …
Anna Leach, 23 Mar 2012

Apple sends independent inspectors into Foxconn factories

Apple has begun to send independent inspectors into its Chinese factories, a release today states. Apple's pledge to have its assembly line factories inspected by the independent Fair Labor Association (FLA) was part of its more rigorous Supplier Code of Conduct issued in January this year. It followed revelations about …
Anna Leach, 13 Feb 2012
Workers in a Foxconn plant, credit: Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA

Foxconn to investigate iPhone 5 factory woes

Foxconn, the Chinese contract manufacturer, has admitted it's "not perfect" and promised to investigate conditions at its Tai Yuan plant after an undercover exposé by an undercover reporter revealed filthy dorms and bullying by managers on the iPhone 5 production line. The report by a Shanghai Evening Post hack details (via MIC …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Sep 2012
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Huawei chucks a round $1bn at developers

Huawei plans to pump $1bn into support for developers over the next five years. It comes after IBM inked a deal with Chinese data centre provider 21Vianet Group last week, touting Big Blue's cloud computing platform Bluemix at developers working in the People's Republic. Huawei products director Ryan Ding said, according to …
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Foxconn big daddy's latest fear: An expensive Sharp stake

Shares of beleaguered electronics firm Sharp continued to fall today as Foxconn parent Hon Hai said it was still taking the agreed stake in the firm, but it wanted a lower price. Sharp announced a massive billion-yen net loss for the second quarter on Friday and said it now expected the loss for the full financial year to …

Foxconn receives Apple smart TV order - report

The Apple ‘iTV’ rumour mill has gone into overdrive after the latest reports from China suggesting that Foxconn’s Shenzhen plant has received orders from Cupertino to build the much-hyped sets on a trial run. China’s First Financial Daily (via Sina) got the news from the obligatory un-named inside sources, although there was …
Phil Muncaster, 29 May 2012
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Foxconn churns out '150,000' iPhone 5s a day

The word out of Taiwan is that the iPhone 5 is now being churned out of Foxconn Electronics sweatshops factories at a rate of 150,000 per day, and that five to six million of the li'l fellows will be shipped by the end of September. Not a bad run-rate for a product that has yet even to be announced by Apple – although the recent …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Sep 2011
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iPad maker Foxconn catches fire, claims no casualties

A dramatic fire that billowed black smoke from the roof of Chinese gadget-assembler Foxconn has been extinguished without casualties or interruption in service. So reports Reuters, citing Foxconn officials who said that the fire, reported earlier today, broke out in electrical cables on the roof of one building. All was under …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Sep 2011
Workers in a Foxconn plant, credit: Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA

Foxconn certified as good employer, rights groups disagree

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) has claimed Apple supplier Foxconn is ahead of schedule with a remediation plan in place at three factories to improve working conditions, but labour groups have warned that major issues still exist throughout Apple’s supply chain. The FLA’s latest report tracks progress at Foxconn’s plants in …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Aug 2012

Foxconn to create workers' paradise?

Foxconn plans to double the minimum wage of its mainland China workers by 2013 as part of a renewed attempt to soften the image of the ultra-secretive company, says Taiwanese site Want Daily. The outlet reports that Foxconn president and chairman Terry Gou said he wanted the firm’s Chinese workers paid at least 4,400 yuan (£441 …
Phil Muncaster, 28 May 2012
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Foxconn daddy: 'Don't buy Galaxy S III, wait for iPhone 5'

Samsung's highly anticipated Android-based Galaxy S III smartphone may be basking in attention that it's receiving during its official launch on Wednesday, but there's at least one top tech exec who's snubbing it. Terry Gou, the "pugnacious" chairman of Hon Hai, the parent company of iPhone and iPad maker Foxconn, advises that …
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jun 2012
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Foxconn pay hikes 'driving tech titans into Philippines'

More signs have emerged that China’s rising labour costs are driving electronics firms out of the country: Philippine officials claim that foreign biz barons are looking to relocate to the small south-east Asian nation. Philippine trade secretary Gregory Domingo reported “very strong interest” from Japanese electronics, ship …
Phil Muncaster, 07 Mar 2012
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Foxconn trumps Apple to sit pretty on Fortune 500

Contract manufacturer Foxconn managed to steal a march on its illustrious partner Apple this week after it was ranked several places higher than the fruity toy maker in the latest Fortune Global 500 rankings, with a whopping $117.5bn (£75.7bn) in revenues. The Taiwanese giant’s parent company Hon Hai Precision Industry was …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Jul 2012
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Foxconn won't sue over fabricated radio brickbats

The Chinese contract manufacturer vilified in the now-discredited public radio broadcast assailing its working conditions may be licking its wounds, but it won't seek redress in court. "Our corporate image has been totally ruined," Foxconn spokesman Simon Hsing told Reuters. "The point is whatever media that cited the program …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Mar 2012
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Foxconn staffers cuffed for leaking iPad 2 design in 2010

It has emerged that Chinese contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn, famous for suicidal employees, authoritarian control over its workers, and contracts for Apple, last year handed three employees over to police for leaking the design of the iPad 2. The news, only now emerging from China, comes a month after Chinese police …

Foxconn reports $17.6m 1st-half loss as robot legion grows

Foxconn International, which makes components for Apple, Motorola Mobility and Nokia products, has seen considerably reduced first-half losses this year, though its outlook is still uncertain. The unit of Taiwanese electronic components conglomerate Foxconn Technology Group reported an unaudited loss of $17.6m, compared to a …
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Foxconn takes to the cloud with US$63m

Apple’s Taiwanese gadget manufacturer Foxconn is moving into cloud computing, announcing that it will invest $US63.3 million over the next five years, in at least two cloud computing facilities. The Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs, Export Processing Zone confirmed that a cloud technology center and a software research and …

Apple and Foxconn back under fire for working conditions

Apple and Foxconn have yet to make significant changes to labour practices after Chinese employees complained of unpaid overtime, bullying and unsafe conditions - that's according to not-for-profit group Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM). SACOM levelled the accusations in its Sweatshops are good for …
Phil Muncaster, 01 Jun 2012

Suicidal Foxconn workers talked down from factory roof

Scores of workers at the Foxconn factory in Wuhan, China, threatened mass suicide during a protest last week. Foxconn - which makes a good chunk of the world's tech gear - said that the dispute began after staff were told they would be transferred to another business unit due to a shift in production lines. The electronics …
Anna Leach, 11 Jan 2012

Apple said to develop curved glass iWatch with Foxconn

A weekend flurry of speculative articles stoked the Apple "iWatch" rumor mill, perhaps indicating that Cupertino is secreting some well-placed leaks to pump up interest in what it hopes might be its Next Big Thing™. The Wall Street Journal, for one, reports (paid subscription required) that "people briefed on the effort" tell …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Feb 2013
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Hackers claim to have penetrated Foxconn backdoor

It had to happen eventually. Controversial hardware manufacturer Foxconn was reportedly hacked late on Wednesday and a heap of staff email log-ins and intranet credentials posted online which could allow third parties to lodge fraudulent orders. In a lengthy message posted to Pastebin, hacking group Swagg Security claimed the …
Phil Muncaster, 09 Feb 2012
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HP, Dell warn of price hikes after Foxconn wage rise

Tech giants HP and Dell have revealed that they are keeping a close eye on developments in the Chinese labour market and may even be forced to put up their prices if wages keep increasing in the region. It was reported last week that Taiwanese hardware giant Foxconn – which is the world’s largest component maker and builds …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Feb 2012
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Foxconn staffer jailed for iPad IP theft

A Chinese court has convicted three Chinese citizens, one a Foxconn employee, for trade secret theft. Local companies released iPad 2 cases before the device had even been unveiled, and a Foxconn staffer was handed a jail sentence for handing over design secrets. It's unusual for a Chinese court to prosecute locals over IP …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jun 2011