Apple Suppliers in China Aim to Resume Full Production by February 10 Despite Coronavirus Outbreak

Apple suppliers in China including Foxconn plan to resume full-scale production by February 10, despite the coronavirus outbreak in the country, reports Bloomberg.

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Foxconn's Hon Hai, the most important manufacturer for the U.S. company, said Tuesday it still expects to be able to restart facilities throughout China on schedule, according to a text message sent to Bloomberg News. Suppliers such as Quanta Computer Inc., Inventec Corp. and LG Display Co. also said they would go back to work next week in China.

The vast majority of Apple's iPhones are made in China, at Foxconn's Zhengzhou plant and at Pegatron's assembly site near Shanghai. Both locations are more than 500 kilometers away from Wuhan in central China, the epicenter of the viral outbreak.

Despite being ordered to halt "almost all" of its production in China through February 9, Foxconn recently claimed the viral outbreak has had a "fairly small impact" on iPhone production. Foxconn has factories in other countries such as Vietnam, India, and Mexico that have apparently been able to fill the gap.

Apple last week announced that it has closed all of its corporate offices, stores, and contact centers in mainland China through February 9 due to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, out of an abundance of caution. Apple has around 10,000 direct employees in China, across its retail and corporate divisions.

The timing of the coronavirus outbreak could impact supply of the new lower-cost iPhone that Apple is expected to announce in March. Bloomberg recently reported that production of the device was slated to begin in February, but the coronavirus outbreak could delay that timeframe.

More than 20,000 people have been infected with the virus and more than 400 have died. Last week, the World Health Organization declared the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak a global public health emergency. More information about the virus and how to protect yourself is available on the agency's website.

Top Rated Comments

newyorksole Avatar
33 months ago
Nothing can stop a company from making money Lolol.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Abazigal Avatar
33 months ago
Don’t underestimate Apple’s supply chain.

I am willing to bet that Apple has contingency plans in place to minimise disruptions to its supply chain, such as reducing their dependency on any one supplier.

Not saying there won’t be any impact, but the idea that Apple’s supply chain is going to come to a grinding halt just because is laughable.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dumastudetto Avatar
33 months ago
People forget iPhones literally are life-saving devices every hour of eery day of the week, all over the world. It is legit vital for humanity that the show goes on in terms of iPhone production.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
betterbegood Avatar
33 months ago
Peak capitalism never fails to care more about financial growth than the livelihood of the people producing said growth. Apple should halt until they felt safe having people working there and Foxconn should not allow workers either.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
travis64 Avatar
33 months ago
Yea no thanks i will be keeping this iphone 11 forever

not worth dying over
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rocko99991 Avatar
33 months ago
Will they come with a bleach wipe in each box?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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