Brazillian Billionaire Wants Apple To Ditch Foxconn

Brazillian Billionaire Wants Apple To Ditch Foxconn

If you had twenty seven billion dollars, what would your dream be? I’d probably get myself some of those ab implants I’ve had my eye on, and perhaps pay for an oiled massage or two from Amanda Seyfriend and Anne Hathaway that they would be contractually obliged to apply without using their hands.

Billionaire Eike Batista has a radically dream, though: he wants to steal Apple manufacturing from China and bring it to his home country of Brazil.

Batista made his millions in the mining industry, and he’s using that money to construct a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant that spreads over 90 square miles. What he wants is for Apple to bring its manufacturing to Brazil, which would help radically stimulate the local economy. If Apple’s not interested, Batista’s second choice partner would be BMW.

Maybe this is something that Apple should consider. Cupertino’s manufacturing relationship with Foxconn has been rife with bad press stemming from reported abuse of employees on the hands of Foxconn management. Even if those reports aren’t entirely accurate, Foxconn has been a PR headache for Apple: if Brazil can come close to Foxconn’s margins, maybe it’s time to consider a change.

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  • Ernesto Valladares

    I live in Brazil full time and I am American… I have the luck to be able to travel to and from the USA … believe me when I tell you that prices in Brazil are ridiculous and just disrespectful to the people of Brazil ..Oil is abundant and prices are higher than anywhere else…sad…. political thieves are destroying a country that has the brightest future in South America…
    It is sad when you can buy a ticket to Miami, stay there for several days in a good hotel , buy an iPad and all that would still be cheaper than buying an ipad in a store in Brazil….

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