200,000 More Workers Needed to Manufacture iPhone 13 Ahead of Launch

Apple supplier Foxconn is rushing to hire 200,000 more workers by the end of September to manufacture the iPhone 13 models, according to the South China Morning Post.

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The 200,000 additional workers are needed at the world's biggest iPhone factory in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, ahead of the expected launch of the ‌iPhone 13‌ lineup next month. Hiring enough manpower has been the "biggest bottleneck" to production at the manufacturing facility, according to the site's deputy general manager, Wang Xue, who was quoted by a local broadcaster. Earlier this month, it was reported that Foxconn was struggling to hire enough workers for ‌iPhone 13‌ production.

The staffing goal is reportedly being supported by local governments, which have provided 100 busses to "pick up job applicants from their communities and drop them at the factory gates." Foxconn believes that it will be able to hire 200,000 new hires by the end of September "at the current speed of recruitment." Once hired, new workers will be fast-tracked into their position.

The Zhengzhou factory can accommodate as many as 350,000 assembly line workers and manufacture up to 500,000 new iPhones every day. The current hiring push seeks to combat ramped-up production for the ‌‌iPhone 13‌‌ models, which are believed to be on track for launch late next month.

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Vjosullivan Avatar
5 weeks ago

And that's why Apple is not able to manufacture iPhones in the United States. Foxconn can quickly ramp up and down as Apple's manufacturing needs turn on a dime over the life of an iPhone model. That kind of quick reaction manufacturing ability and infrastructure simply does not exist in the US.
Which is a good thing. Very few people want to be "hire and fire" employees, whose jobs come and go at the whim of a marketing forecast or an advertising campaign. Particularly when they're doing it to hundreds of thousands of people at a time. On the other hand; it's great for multinational corporations who want to maximise profits with minimum commitment to their employees.

Personally, I favour happy people over happy abstract legal entities.
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citysnaps Avatar
5 weeks ago
And that's why Apple is not able to manufacture iPhones in the United States. Foxconn can quickly ramp up and down as Apple's manufacturing needs turn on a dime over the life of an iPhone model. That kind of quick reaction manufacturing ability and infrastructure simply does not exist in the US.
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ironpony Avatar
5 weeks ago
Another reason to raise the price.
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LFC2020 Avatar
5 weeks ago
It’s not digitimes, has to be true. ??
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5 weeks ago
Holy smokes! That’s a lot of people.
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Xtir Avatar
5 weeks ago

And that's why Apple is not able to manufacture iPhones in the United States. Foxconn can quickly ramp up and down as Apple's manufacturing needs turn on a dime over the life of an iPhone model. That kind of quick reaction manufacturing ability and infrastructure simply does not exist in the US.
And the reason being? Americans are not flexible? do not work around the clock? are opinionated? love their family too much? have holidays? are ..?
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