Foxconn

  • False Alarm: Why The Apple/Foxconn Debacle Clouds The Real Manufacturing Mess

    False Alarm: Why The Apple/Foxconn Debacle Clouds The Real Manufacturing Mess

    I was walking home last week and the entire street – and some of the sidewalk – was blocked by large fire trucks and a gaggle of firemen in full regalia. The ladder truck was already planted firmly on the asphalt, ready to send a stream of water soaring over nearby apartment buildings and more trucks were coming, clogging the one-way street further. Convinced I was about to see… Read More

  • The Wheel: What Is The Foxconn Debate Really About?

    The Wheel: What Is The Foxconn Debate Really About?

    Thirty spokes meet at a nave;
    Because of the hole we may use the wheel.
    Clay is moulded into a vessel;
    Because of the hollow we may use the cup.
    Walls are built around a hearth;
    Because of the doors we may use the house.
    Thus tools come from what exists,
    But use from what does not.
    – Tao De Ching There’s a carousel in a small Cape Cod town that we visited this summer and the kids… Read More

  • Foxconn Responds To CEO’s “Employees Are Animals” Comment

    Foxconn Responds To CEO’s “Employees Are Animals” Comment

    Foxconn responded to yesterday’s kerfuffle about the CEO of Foxconn, Terry Gou, commenting that he cared for “a million animals” – namely his employees. They said it was an off-the-cuff remark, similar to saying that managing is like “herding cats” as opposed to suggesting that Foxconn employees walk on all fours and root in the mud. Big difference… Read More

  • Foxconn Chief Equates Employees To Animals

    Foxconn Chief Equates Employees To Animals

    While I suspect there’s a lot lost in translation here,Foxconn chairman Terry Gou made a wildly distasteful joke this week at the Taipei Zoo, saying (according to WantChinaTimes): “Hon Hai (Foxconn) has a workforce of over one million worldwide and as human beings are also animals, to manage one million animals gives me a headache.” The comments came during a presentation at… Read More

  • 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… 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… 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… 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… 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 iPhones. 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… 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… Read More