Apple supplier hopes to resume 50% of production by end of February

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Apple contract manufacturer Foxconn hopes that it can resume half of its ordinary production quantities by the end of February, a new Reuters report claims.

As with other companies in Apple’s supply chain with factories in China, Foxconn has been hit hard by coronavirus. It was forced to shutter two of its main iPhone-producing factories in China. When the most critical one reopened, it did so with fewer than 10% of its usual workforce.

Coronavirus could cut China’s smartphones sales in half this quarter

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iPhone sales are finally rebounding in China
iPhone sales were starting to pickup in China.
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Smartphone sales in China could fall by as much as 50 percent in the first quarter thanks to a raging coronavirus that has shuttered retail outlets and silenced production facilities.

The coronavirus has struck at a time when Apple’s iPhone sales in China were rebounding in a country considered right now one of the world’s most competitive smartphone markets.

Apple manufacturer reopens factory — but fewer than 10% of employees turn up

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Coronavirus-related shutdowns continue to disrupt Chinese factories.
Foxconn is Apple's biggest contract manufacturer.
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Key iPhone manufacturer Foxconn continues to feel the effects of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China. The company recently reopened its factory in the eastern central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, but fewer than 10% of its workforce returned to work, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government rejected Foxconn’s request to reopen its factory in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

Coronavirus forces Foxconn to keep closed all iPhone assembly plants in China

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Coronavirus-related shutdowns continue to disrupt Chinese factories.
Coronavirus-related shutdowns continue to disrupt Chinese factories.
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Foxconn reportedly won‘t be able to resume iPhone assembly on Monday. Its plants in China where Apple handsets are put together have been closed since before the Lunar New Year to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and the government has allegedly forbidden them to reopen next week, literally on pain of death.

iPhone-maker shuts down Shenzhen facilities amid coronavirus crisis

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Foxconn workers in Shenzhen will not report next week until further notice.
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The Chinese company that assembles most of the world’s iPhones has ordered employees in one region of the country not to return to work next week to prevent further spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Foxconn sent text messages to Shenzhen-based employees that those sites will remain closed until further notice. While Foxconn’s main iPhone factory is in Zhengzhou, a portion is assembled in Shenzhen. Shenzhen is also the headquarters for Foxconn’s parent company, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.

Foxconn to quarantine iPhone workers amidst coronavirus fears

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HonHai/Foxconn to quarantine some workers at its main iPhone production plant for 14 days.
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iPhone manufacturer HonHai/Foxconn Technology Group plans to re-open its main factory in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou on February 10, but quarantine its returning workers for 14 days in an abundance of caution as the number of cases of the coronavirus grows.

Apple suppliers in China eye February 10 restart after coronavirus shutdown

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But there's a definite chance of further delays.
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Apple’s manufacturing partners in China hope to jump back into action next week, after the coronavirus epidemic forced temporary shutdowns in the country, according to a new report.

Foxconn, LG Display and others “plan to resume full-scale production” on February 10. But with the viral outbreak only worsening as the weeks go on, there’s a definite chance of further delays.

Reuters: Coronavirus shutdowns may have ‘big’ impact on Foxconn iPhone production

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A major manufacturer of Apple products could halt production for another week if the new coronavirus outbreak grows. One source warns that the epidemic could have a “big” impact on the tech giant’s product availability, according to a published report Monday.

Reuters cites sources at Taiwan-based Foxconn who say “almost all” production of the iPhone in China has ceased until at least February 10 and could extended even further.

Foxconn founder swears Wisconsin plant will pop up this year

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Foxconn founder Terry Gou (right) says he's making the U.S. a bigger focus in 2020.
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Apple’s top supplier is promising to start production at its Wisconsin plant sometime in 2020, even though the company already fell short of previous goals.

Foxconn founder Terry Gou made some vague promises about the plant to employees at a party in Taipei earlier this month. Gou, who secured $4 billion in tax incentives for the plant, said he plans to spend a lot of time in the United States this year and wants key employees to come with him.