Foxconn

 
  • The Future Of Foxconn: Ten Thousand Horses Galloping

    The Future Of Foxconn: Ten Thousand Horses Galloping

    Shenzhen is a town of migrants. The estimated median ages is between 15 and 25 and the old and battered sits in wild contrast with the brand new. Even in the few years between my last visit and this one, the city has changed so drastically that I barely recognized it. The last time I was here I imagined the place as a cross between a favela and Blade Runner, high and low tech mashed together, the… Read More

  • The Future Of Foxconn: Problems

    The Future Of Foxconn: Problems

    The entrepreneur was fuming over the phone. He is arguably angry: he had heard of a company had just been raided on trumped up charges and I spoke to him one evening after he returned to the UK. "Chinese people basically believe that their success in manufacturing is because Chinese people are so smart," he said. "But why does the world get stuff made in China? Just one reason: it's… Read More

  • The Future Of Foxconn: 200 Pigs

    The Future Of Foxconn: 200 Pigs

    Driving from the Foxconn Factory, down the road from the main gate, we spotted a truck full of pigs in an open-sided container. They were huge, porcine pink, and surprisingly clean. They were still alive - but wouldn't be for long - and they were, we could only presume, destined for the bellies of some of the company's 400,000 workers. As the truck trundled along the well-paved road, I flicked… Read More

  • The Future Of Foxconn: The Birds

    The Future Of Foxconn: The Birds

    At first I thought the birds in the trees at the Foxconn's largest plant in Shenzhen, China were fake. They sang so sweetly that I was sure my hosts had planted speakers for my benefit - a sort of Potemkin aviary high in the branches. The plant, called Foxconn City, is one of Foxconn's 26 major and minor factories around the world. Built by founder Terry Guo in 1974, the City was the first of… Read More

  • Foxconn’s Brazil Plant Back On Track

    Foxconn’s Brazil Plant Back On Track

    Just two weeks ago it was reported that the relationship between Foxconn and Brazil regarding the proposed $12 billion production center there was on the rocks. Foxconn was making demands the government felt were overreaching, and negotiations were stalled. Government officials and Foxconn representatives announced today that the plan was still underway, and the plant is ready to pump out… Read More

  • Foxconn’s $12bn Brazil Expansion Stalled In Negotiation Stage

    Foxconn’s $12bn Brazil Expansion Stalled In Negotiation Stage

    Earlier this year it was reported that Foxconn had decided it was going to try to diversity its global holdings by establishing an iPad factory in Brazil. Their reasoning seemed fine: the economy is expanding, there's a tech-savvy populace, and the government, they figured, would be game for few little sweetheart deals to get the ball rolling. As it turns out, not so much. "The project for a… Read More

  • Foxconn Is Burning: Fire In Yantai Shuts Down Plant

    Foxconn Is Burning: Fire In Yantai Shuts Down Plant

    It's happened again: a Foxconn plant explosion has caused a large fire in Yantai. According to MICGadget the fire stemmed from "improper operation of workmanship on color spraying" which suggests a aerosol paint may be involved. The last fire happened in May in Chengdu. This fire was at a plant that made PCs, laptops, and printers. It employs and, in some cases, houses 80,000 workers, many of… Read More

  • Foxconn Planning To Hire 1 Million Robots

    Foxconn Planning To Hire 1 Million Robots

    Foxconn is planning on replacing many of it's hard-working human manufacturers with about 1 million robots, a number that, if you think about it, is a very telling comment on the current state of electronics manufacturing. There are apparently 10,000 robots at the factory now and that number will increase by 300,000 next year. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou plans another million robots by 2014. The… Read More

  • Foxconn Worker Dies In Shower After 60-Hour Workweek

    Foxconn Worker Dies In Shower After 60-Hour Workweek

    A Foxconn employee, Chen Long, died of exhaustion after working a continuous 60-hour shift in one week, stopping rarely to sleep and eat. The employee, who had previously fainted from exhaustion, died in a shower on June 24th. Here is a rundown by MICGadget: On June 24th, the day before Chen’s death, everything is normal. Chen got off work at 7pm, and went home for dinner. After having his… Read More

  • An Explosion At Foxconn Chengdu Engulfs Building, 16 Hurt, 2 Killed

    UPDATED - What appears to be a fire or explosion engulfed one of the buildings at the Foxconn Factory in Chengdu, China. Foxconn is reporting two casualties and 16 hurt and the damage does look severe and quite thorough. MICGadget reported that "10 fire engines, ambulances and 10 police cars" arrived on the scene. Reports state that a few floors in Building A5 (apparently part of the iPad 2… Read More