Apple supplier Foxconn confirms death of employee at China plant

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Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, is also popularly known as Foxconn and is the maker of popular products including the iPhone, iPad and several other gadgets. In addition, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd., or Foxconn is  a key supplier to Apple Inc.

After the labour group at Hon Hai precision reported a suicide, Foxconn has confirmed the death of an employee at its Zhengzhou plant in China.

Hon Hai, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronic products, is one of the largest private employers in China and has worked to improve labour conditions following a series of suicides in 2010-2011, mostly at its Shenzhen manufacturing operation.

The statement from Hon Hai, which goes by the trade name of Foxconn, came after watchdog China Labor Watch reported that a Foxconn worker committed suicide by jumping off a building at the Zhengzhou plant which makes Apple Inc’s iPhone products.

In a statement, Hon Hai said that a 28-year-old male employee was found dead outside a building at its campus in Zhengzhou in the early morning of Aug. 4.

Earlier in June, it was reported, “Foxconn Technology is in talks to manufacture Apple’s iPhone in India, government officials said, in a move that could lower prices in the world’s No.3 smartphone market where the U.S. firm trails Samsung Electronics and local players. India could help Foxconn mitigate accelerating wage inflation in China, where it makes the majority of iPhones, and base production sites closer to markets where its key clients want to grow.”

The report added, “Lower production costs could also help Foxconn keep hold of Apple orders amid intensifying competition with nimble manufacturing rivals such as Quanta Computer Inc.”

Working conditions at Chinese manufacturing plants have reported to be lacking compliance with international safety and working standards.

Source: Reuters 

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