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Foxconn to recruit over 100,000 to help build new iPhone

updated 09:21 am EDT, Mon June 23, 2014

Pegatron also boosting workforce

Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- is preparing to hire some 100,000 people in mainland China to help manufacture new iPhones, says Taiwan's Economic Daily News. The effort is described as the company's largest-ever Chinese hiring spree. Another major Apple supplier, Pegatron, is meanwhile said to be boosting labor at a mainland factory by 30 percent for the sake of iPhone production. Foxconn is expected to handle 70 percent of orders, while Pegatron will deal with the remainder.

Most reports have suggested that Apple is working on two iPhones, with 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays. It's not clear therefore whether the Foxconn/Pegatron split involves one or multiple models. With the current generation of iPhones, though, Foxconn has been commanding iPhone 5s production, while the iPhone 5c has been Pegatron's responsibility.

Foxconn and Pegatron are known for going on recruitment drives in advance of Apple product launches. One or more new iPhones should ship sometime this fall in tandem with iOS 8.

by MacNN Staff



  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 03-24-09

    People complain about Apple manufacturing products outside the US all the time without understanding basic logistics like personpower. There's no way Apple could recruit 100K assembly line workers in the US, especially when they would have had to already had at least that amount already employed. Walmart supposedly employs 2M but I would bet only a fraction of those would last more than 10 minutes on an electronics assembly line. The USPS employs 600K and few of those would meet the requirements either. Hon Hai Precision Industry employs around a million and I bet this number fluctuates depending on Apple and others new products. Of course we could always use the largest employer in the world, the US Dept of Defense and its 3.2M employees (wonder if this counts all those contractors our tax dollars are going to), but again, I wonder how many of those would sit on an assembly line for very long. There are US companies with assembly lines but none of them employ anywhere near what non-US companies employ.

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