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Foxconn kickstarts hiring in preparation for new iPhone

updated 09:51 am EDT, Mon April 15, 2013

Marks end to brief hiring freeze

Asian manufacturer Foxconn has resumed hiring at a plant in Zhengzhou, China in preparation for a new iPhone, a Bloomberg source says. The factory froze hiring in February, but has reportedly been hiring again for the past month to meet extra capacity demanded by Apple. The added workers are expected to build not only a new iPhone but also existing models.

A Foxconn spokesman has confirmed that hiring began about a month ago, but won't say how many people have been added, except that the plant now has about 250,000 to 300,000 people. The Wall Street Journal however indicates that Foxconn has been hiring about 10,000 assembly line crewpeople per week since the end of March.

The iPhone is the only Apple product assembled at Zhengzhou. iPhones are also assembled at Foxconn plants in Shenzhen and Taiyuan in China, and one in Jundiai, Brazil. Demand is such that a second company, Pegatron, produces iPhones at a Shanghai factory.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 11-28-08

    That's odd...

    There have been plenty of analyst claims that the iPhone isn't much in demand anymore, so why would Foxconn have to hire so many more workers for iPhone production.

  1. azrich

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 04-19-10

    I know, right?

    It's getting hard to know what is true anymore. Between spin, sloppy reporting, and self-interest, we as readers must be careful what we believe.

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: 11-15-06

    depressing worker

    Can you guys get a better photo instead of that depressing worker? It looks like she's about to commit suicide any moment.

  1. OldMacGeek

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 08-04-10

    New PIcture

    OK, we *get* it! Foxconn workers have been reported as unhappy. But can we please try to find another picture for anything to do with Asian manufacturing? The "tired-looking Asian woman working at the oppressive Foxconn" picture has kind of turned into a rather hackneyed trope.

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