According to Reuters, the world’s largest iPhone manufacturing plant, located in Zhengzhou, China, will resume full production between late December and early January.
Factory operator Foxconn, a major supplier to Apple, has begun hiring new workers in a bid to ramp up production again, Reuters reports, citing an unnamed source.
If the hiring drive, which is backed by the local government, goes as planned, large-scale production could resume in “about three to four weeks,” according to Reuters.
Foxconn’s hiring campaign comes just weeks after that 20,000 disgruntled workers I accepted the company’s offer to leave the factory in return 10,000 yen (about 70 euros).
Reuters adds that recent unrest at the plant, including worker protests and strict health restrictions, has “settled”.
While Apple has managed to diversify its iPhone manufacturing chain somewhat, with contractors manufacturing some devices in India and Vietnam, the majority of the flagship iPhone 14 Pro models are assembled at the Apple factory.
Apple reported Saturday that recent manufacturing difficulties in China have prompted Apple to accelerate plans to move some manufacturing outside of China. Wall Street Journal. According to the report, Apple has begun pushing its suppliers to move assembly of its products to other countries such as Vietnam and India, both of which already make the base iPhone 14 as well as some older models.
Due to the recent disruption at the Zhengzhou factory, Apple may not nearly meet its production target Six million units For the world’s leading iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models. Apple originally planned to manufacture it 90 million units From iPhone 14 by the end of the year.
Last month, violent clashes broke out between security personnel and workers at Foxconn’s factory in Zhengzhou, known as “Phone City”. The wave of protests was reportedly triggered by poor living conditions and concerns about the payment of delayed bonuses. Due to the strict measures to combat the Corona virus in China, the workers were forced to live on site in a closed bubble. Workers were also angered by reports that they would not receive the bonuses they were promised if they did not stay at the factory until March. Bonuses were one of the main incentives used to attract new recruits to the plant, after hundreds of workers fled the plant in October in fear of the strict health restrictions. Protests also erupted in “iPhone City” against the backdrop of mass protests across China against the country’s authorities’ tough stance on “Zero Covid”.
Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Siladitya Ray
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