iPhone component supplies return to pre-COVID-19 levels, Foxconn says

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Terry Gou
Foxconn founder Terry Gou (right) says supplies to assembly plants in China and in Vietnam have returned to normal.
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It’s apparently nearly back to business as usual at Foxconn, the company that assembles most iPhones. Its general manager says plants in China and Vietnam are once again getting the components they need.

Production had been tremendously slowed by the COVID-19 outbreak in China, but the epidemic is now nearly over in that country.

Foxconn is well known for assembling iOS handsets in a Zhengzhou plant so large it’s sometimes called “iPhone City.”

Terry Gou, founder, chairman and GM of Foxconn, told reporters today that efforts to get his company’s assembly plants working again have “exceeded our expectations and imagination,” according to Reuters.

But it’s not all smooth sailing. Gou warned that many of the components used in the products Foxconn assembles come from Japan and South Korea, which are still struggling with COVID-19.

And the billionaire businessman didn’t specifically address problems with staffing. During the peak of the outbreak, this business was having troubles getting employees to come to work.

Foxconn benefits as COVID-19 outbreak subsides in China

While Americans and Europeans are still seeing increasing numbers of people infected by the novel coronavirus, the situation is different in China. For example, Wuhan, once the epicenter of the pandemic, saw just eight new cases on Wednesday, according to CNA.

This is surely good news for Apple, as it’s already seeing limited supplies of iPhones and repair parts in some areas.