updated 09:52 am EST, Wed November 7, 2012
'Not easy' to make the device, Gou comments
Foxconn is being overwhelmed by demand for the iPhone 5, according to the Asian manufacturer's chairman, Terry Gou. Reuters reports that Gou made the comments to reporters following a business forum. "It's not easy to make the iPhones. We are falling short of meeting the huge demand," he said. Production is currently being handled by Foxconn brand Hon Hai Precision Industry; Gou has declined to say whether Foxconn International Holdings might be handling some of the overflow. Normally FIH handles only non-Apple products.
On Monday FIH shares rose by as much as 35 percent following a Citigroup analysis upgrading the company's stock to a buy, and suggesting that it would start building iPhones this year. Apple is already Foxconn's most important individual client; its demands have steadily grown over the years, however, with more complex designs launching in more countries simultaneously. The difficulty of assembling the iPhone 5 has been blamed for keeping sales below levels they might achieve.