future of 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