Riot Shuts Down Foxconn Plant, Impact on iPhone 5 Production Unclear

Reuters reports on a riot that broke out earlier today at Foxconn's facilities in Taiyuan, China, forcing the company to temporarily shutter the plant as it cleans up the damage and investigates the situation. The cause of the riot, which reportedly involved about 2,000 workers, remains unclear, with the company claiming that it began as a personal dispute between workers while other sources have indicated that it stemmed from security guards beating workers for unspecified reasons.

It was not clear how long the shutdown would last at the plant, which employs about 79,000 people in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan, while police and company officials investigate the cause of the disturbance. [...]

"The plant is closed today for investigation," Foxconn spokesman Louis Woo told Reuters. An employee contacted by telephone said the closure could last two or three days.

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M.I.C. gadget shares a number of photos and videos from the scene, showing overturned vehicles, broken windows, and small fires.

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The report also claims that an iPhone 5 production line was damaged in the riots, but that information does not appear to have been confirmed. As detailed in an undercover report from earlier this month, Foxconn's Taiyuan facility is involved in the production of the iPhone 5 black plate, and a multi-day shutdown at the plant could potentially have an impact on overall device production depending on existing supplies of the part in the assembly chain.

Update 11:12 AM: CNET reports that Foxconn has issued a statement saying that production at the closed facility will resume tomorrow and confirming that there were no deaths from the rioting. Reports have, however, indicated that at least 40 people were injured.

Top Rated Comments

k995 Avatar
115 months ago
Repression, riots, people no doubt hurt whats the headline "Impact on iPhone 5 Production Unclear" How sad to see everything reduced just so people can have the latest toy a bit earlier.
Score: 80 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bbplayer5 Avatar
115 months ago
Time to start making stuff here.
Score: 52 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Old Muley Avatar
115 months ago
People in general seem to forget that Foxconn makes a lot more than just Apple products. To draw a connection that Foxconn = Apple is misleading at best.
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LimeiBook86 Avatar
115 months ago
I'm not really concerned about the supply chain (even if it's at all effected it would be minimal), but the cause of the riot is what I'm concerned about. Security guards beating workers? That's messed up. :(
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jrswizzle Avatar
115 months ago
Seriously....

I'd love to see Apple spend some of their $100B+ on bringing their manufacturing back to the US. Of course then they'd have to pay US taxes on that money....

Still, American company - and most valuable in the world - would be awesome to have their products (if not fully) at least mostly made in the USA.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HarryKeogh Avatar
115 months ago
Has anyone seen my red stapler?
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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