Foxconn's Plans to Restart Apple Device Production on Monday Were Called Off By Chinese Health Authorities [Updated]

Foxconn was originally planning to reopen its factories on Monday to begin production on Apple devices after the Lunar New Year holiday, but the company's plans were denied by Chinese Authorities due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, reports Nikkei.

Public health experts told Foxconn that its Shenzhen factories face "high risks of coronavirus infection" after on-site inspections were conducted, with the information relayed to Nikkei through multiple sources. Health officials were concerned about the poor airflow in restaurants and dormitories, and the use of central air conditioning.

"Violation of epidemic prevention and control could potentially face the death penalty," the internal meeting memo seen by the Nikkei Asian Review said.
Foxconn's Zhengzhou complex, which is its biggest iPhone factory, has also cancelled plans to resume work on Monday. Local governments are concerned the virus will spread quickly in a labor-intensive working environment, and "no one wants to bear the responsibility of restarting work at this critical moment," one of the sources said.

Foxconn on Friday cancelled flight bookings for Taiwanese employees to go back to China, and the company already told employees in Shenzhen not to return to work.

The Zhengzhou complex will remain closed until it has until it has been evaluated and approved by the local government. Innolux, Foxconn's display arm, will also remain closed for the time being, and iPad supplier Compal Electronics also has plans to stay closed until February 17.

Apple has also extended the shutdown of its own retail stores in China. Stores were supposed to open on Monday, but Apple has decided to wait until February 15.

There have already been multiple reports suggesting these factory closures will have an impact on Apple's device production plans, and we could see dwindling device supplies and lengthening shipping times in the near future. AirPods and AirPods Pro could be impacted as a product already in short supply, and these delays may also affect the upcoming low-cost iPhone that Apple has in development.

Production on the new low-cost ‌iPhone‌, which has been referred to the "iPhone SE 2" or the "iPhone 9" was supposed to begin in February, but it's not clear if Apple will be able to remain on schedule.

Foxconn told Nikkei that its operation schedules for facilities in China follow local government recommendations, and that it has not "received requests from [its] customers on the need to resume production earlier," but it did slash its 2020 revenue outlook earlier this month.

The coronavirus has infected more than 31,000 people and caused 722 deaths, mainly in China.

Update: Chinese officials have denied preventing Foxconn's plans to reopen. In a statement seen by Reuters, health authorities in Shenzhen's Longhua district where Foxconn's largest factory is located said that the report was untrue and that it was still conducting checks.

Production at Foxconn facilities will restart when inspections have been completed, and Foxconn has submitted coronavirus prevention proposals that include temperature checks, requiring employees to wearing masks, and implementing a safe dining system.


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1 week ago


Apple needs to move its production facilities back to the USA.


yes and I bet you’d be willing to pay $3k for an iPhone?? That’s assuming they could even find the type of skilled labor willing to do assembly line work(and keep doing it after Apple tried training the workforce).
Rating: 16 Votes
1 week ago


yes and I bet you’d be willing to pay $3k for an iPhone?? That’s assuming they could even find the type of skilled labor willing to do assembly line work.


If the iPhone were to be made in the US it would be designed differently so as to not need human labor. It would likely turn out to be heavier and thicker but the parts would be designed to "self align" and "click" in place and not depend on any tiny screws. The cost could be about the same.

When you design a part of any kind you think about how it will be made. You design very differently if that art is made by hand or if it is CNC's metal or it it is going to be 3D printed. You don't design things in a vacuum

But moving production to the US would not create any jobs. These robot factories tend to not have many humans inside. Look at the photo below of a robot factory and you can count the number of humans on your thumbs (don't need to use fingers) This is the way to move production to US. (Funy is that this car factory is in China)



Rating: 15 Votes
1 week ago
Apple needs to move its production facilities back to the USA.
Rating: 14 Votes
1 week ago
Not diversifying manufacturing makes Tim Cook incompetent compared to Elon Musk's manufacturing per continent model.
Rating: 10 Votes
1 week ago


yes and I bet you’d be willing to pay $3k for an iPhone?? That’s assuming they could even find the type of skilled labor willing to do assembly line work(and keep doing it after Apple tried training the workforce).

You wouldn't be paying any more than you are now if they found the right manufacturers. You are a pessimist that doesn't believe in your own country's ability to compete. I own and operate a CNC manufacturing facility. I take contracts from China all the time because I can deliver it faster with better quality. My cost per part is slightly higher, but after shipping and other fees are figured in, and the fact they get the parts months sooner, let alone fewer customer returns due to quality issues, I am roughly at the same cost. Finding a skilled workforce is not a problem at all. The problem is convincing non-believers at every level like yourself.
Rating: 7 Votes
1 week ago


Not diversifying manufacturing makes Tim Cook incompetent compared to Elon Musk's manufacturing per continent model.


TSLA is not even close to the scale at which AAPL operates. Also, manufacturing 150+ million iPhones/year (without leaking info) is near impossible task, still Tim is able to pull out successfully. Tim Apple is next to none in terms of managing global supply chain. Please read more about AAPL supply chain.
Rating: 5 Votes
1 week ago


Apple needs to move its production facilities back to the USA.


I had agreed with you years ago but not now. Americans are not qualified for any productions.

* Chineses (factory of Foxconn) are educated reasonably, low expectation, fast, slim, low medical expense & low quality medical service, and no union.
* S Koreans (home of Samsung) are educated very well, medium expectation, very fast, slim, low medical expense & high quality medical service, and union.
* Americans (home of Apple) are educated low, high expectation, slow, fat, outrageous medical expense & high quality medical service if you have insurance or no service if you don't have insurance, and union.

US have no hope without reforming outrageous medical system, insurance scam, outrageous lawsuits. Colonoscopy with removing a polyp are $500 in South Korea with no medical insurance. Colonoscopy without removing polyp is simply $100. Do you know how much in the US? It's $5,000. If you were in an intensive care unit for a week in the US, it'd be $150,000(US) vs $2,000(S Korea). How can Apple compete with Samsung?

Apple may move the factories to other counties, such as India, Vietnam, etc but never back to USA.
Rating: 4 Votes
1 week ago


I had agreed with you years ago but not now. Americans are not qualified for any productions.

* Chineses (factory of Foxconn) are educated reasonably, low expectation, fast, slim, low medical expense & low quality medical service, and no union.
* S Koreans (home of Samsung) are educated very well, medium expectation, very fast, slim, low medical expense & high quality medical service, and union.
* Americans (home of Apple) are educated low, high expectation, slow, fat, outrageous medical expense & high quality medical service if you have insurance or no service if you don't have insurance, and union.

US have no hope without reforming outrageous medical system, insurance scam, outrageous lawsuits. Colonoscopy with removing a polyp are $500 in South Korea with no medical insurance. Colonoscopy without removing polyp is simply $100. Do you know how much in the US? It's $5,000. If you were in an intensive care unit for a week in the US, it'd be $150,000(US) vs $2,000(S Korea). How can Apple compete with Samsung?

Apple may move the factories to other counties, such as India, Vietnam, etc but never back to USA.


And yet somehow these dumb, fat, slow Americans with their expensive medical insurance have created the most prosperous country in the history of the world. Strange isn't it?
Rating: 4 Votes
1 week ago


Not diversifying manufacturing makes Tim Cook incompetent compared to Elon Musk's manufacturing per continent model.


Yes never having a profitable year must make Tim Cook very envious.
Rating: 3 Votes
1 week ago
Stuck between two ruthless superpowers
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