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Explosion hits Foxconn's Chengdu plant

updated 12:30 pm EDT, Fri May 20, 2011

Could seriously impair iPad 2 production

An explosion has rocked Foxconn's manufacturing facilities in Chengdu, China, reports say. The extent of the damage is unclear, although current reports point to two deaths and 16 injuries, three of the latter being serious. Early into the disaster there were reported to be several ambulances, over 10 firetrucks and more than 10 police cars on the scene. Images taken from a distance show smoke billowing into the sky.

The damaged building is said to be A5, which concentrates on iPad 2 production. The explosion could therefore have serious ramifications for Apple, which has been struggling to keep up with iPad 2 demand even when Foxconn was at full production capacity. The only consolation may be that the bulk of Foxconn's Apple manufacturing is based in Shenzhen, at a campus with over 200,000 workers.

Activists have previously accused Foxconn of not using proper safety precautions. This includes informing workers about dangerous chemicals, although the cause of the Chengdu explosion is unknown. Apple has tried to assure the public that its suppliers meet strict standards.

by MacNN Staff





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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The iPad is explosively popular!

    And the liability lawsuits against Apple are already being filed, I'm sure.

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  1. J2-Droid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple will fix it

    I'm sure Steve Jobs has already sent a team to Chengdu to get those lazy over payed worker back to work. Explosions and death is not reason Apple can't get the people their iPad 2s.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Industrial sabotage

    that would be my guess. but it's just a guess

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Industrial sabotage

    Same thought here. My number 1 suspect is Acer.

  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: May 2011



    Probably wouldn't have happened if they were manufacturing Android devices instead. Steve Jobs always insists on using non-inert materials that were bound to explode at some point. I've seen some iPhones spontaneously melt through peoples pockets because the non-replaceable battery shorted out.

    - Sent from my Android device.

  1. redcapzero

    Joined: Dec 1969



    such rants from the flea circus; e.g. "testy" / JR Driod & the imfamous Clarence.

    So, Clarence, you've seen spontaneously melt downs...did you go to their aid, seeing the potential burn factors, or just walk away with a smirk, fingers flying on the 'ol Droids keypad, frantically sending off a note to Eletronista / MACNN regarding?

    Perhaps it was industrial sabotage, if so, not good.

    Hopefully, yes hopefully, the injured shall heal and compentsated henceforth, deserved.

    Fingers crossed: Maybe, just maybe China will adopt a version of OSHA; at least training in the simple MSDS protocol. I have hope.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ""testy" / JR Driod & the imfamous Clarence"

    My heroes!

    Sent from my Newton OS device

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