updated 10:05 am EDT, Mon May 21, 2012
Huai’an plant to host 35,800 workers
Asian manufacturer Foxconn is preparing to spend $210 million on a new Huai'an production line for Apple, according to China Daily. The plant has been announced by local officials, and is expected to consume 40,000 square meters (over 430,556 square feet), and employ 35,800 people. Predicted output is valued at 6 to 7 billion yuan, or somewhere between $949 million and $1.1 billion, with an import/export value of $55.8 million.
Construction should take place in October. What Apple products might be built at the plant are unknown; the company could use it to supplement current iPhone and/or iPad production, or it could turn it towards a new product, such as Apple's rumored 7-inch iPad or even its upcomingTV set.
China Daily notes that Foxconn is planning to build another factor in Hainan province in early April. Foxconn's main campus is in the city of Shenzhen, where 200,000 or more people work on products for several major Western corporations including Apple.