Apple assembler Foxconn will reopen an iPhone manufacturing facility in southern India on Wednesday, Reuters reports, citing “government officials and a legislator in the region where the plant is located.”
The logo of electronics contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, is displayed at its headquarters in Taipei. Photo: Agence France-Presse
The Foxconn plant, in the town of Sriperumbudur near the Tamil Nadu state capital of Chennai, employed about 17,000 people but was closed on Dec. 18 after protests over 250 of its workers who fell sick with food poisoning.
Apple said on Monday the Foxconn India plant continued to remain on probation, adding that it would continue monitoring conditions at workers’ dormitories and dining halls, along with independent auditors.
“Workers will start to return gradually as soon as we are certain our standards are being met in every dormitory and dining area,” Apple said in a statement.
Foxconn said: “We have implemented a range of corrective actions to ensure this cannot happen again and a rigorous monitoring system to ensure workers can raise any concerns they may have, including anonymously.”
Technovanguard Note: That Foxconn factory has been assembling iPhone 12 units and testing assembly of the iPhone 13. Its Foxconn’s only plant in India, Reuters reports, citing “government officials.” Apple has eight other suppliers in India.
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