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Foxconn Denies Plans For New US Operations 96

Posted by timothy
from the wishful-thinking dept.
pigrabbitbear writes with an update to the story, based on a DigiTimes report, that iPhone maker Foxconn would be opening a new factory in the U.S. "Foxconn makes a lot of stuff, but as it's one of Apple primary manufacturing partners, lots of people jumped to the salacious conclusion that a U.S.-based Foxconn factory could finally produce an American-made iPhone. Foxconn denied the DigiTimes report today. A company spokeswoman told CNET that the company actually 'already has multiple facilities based in the U.S.' but that 'there are no current plans to expand our operations there at this time.' Foxconn doesn't make iPhones in the existing U.S. factories, and they don't plan to."
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Foxconn Denies Plans For New US Operations

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  • by manu0601 (2221348) on Friday November 09, 2012 @10:43PM (#41939153)
    Given that iPhone assembly require human work, it was quite unlikely that Foxconn could find cheaper manufacturing costs in US rather than in China. The only hopes to bring back production in the US are a huge raise in transport costs (as if we ran out of oil for instance), or to give up on worldwide free trade.
  • by PopeRatzo (965947) on Friday November 09, 2012 @10:48PM (#41939183) Homepage Journal

    The plan was that if Mitt Romney was elected president, Foxconn would start building dormitories in the US.

    They wanted to "partner" with the new private prison industry and have a two-fer.

    Now those dreams are shattered because Americans are getting all uppity again that Obama's re-elected. Thinking that workers deserve "rights" and "safety" and "dignity" and all that liberal crapola. So Foxconn's going to go all Galt on our ass and keep their operations in a country that really understands the endgame of capitalism: China.

    No joke.

  • by bill_mcgonigle (4333) * on Friday November 09, 2012 @11:13PM (#41939313) Homepage Journal

    Quote: [nytimes.com]

    When an Apple team visited, the Chinese plant's owners were already constructing a new wing. "This is in case you give us the contract," the manager said, according to a former Apple executive. The Chinese government had agreed to underwrite costs for numerous industries, and those subsidies had trickled down to the glass-cutting factory. It had a warehouse filled with glass samples available to Apple, free of charge. The owners made engineers available at almost no cost. They had built on-site dormitories so employees would be available 24 hours a day.

    The Chinese plant got the job.

    "The entire supply chain is in China now," said another former high-ranking Apple executive. "You need a thousand rubber gaskets? That's the factory next door. You need a million screws? That factory is a block away. You need that screw made a little bit different? It will take three hours."

  • by dtmancom (925636) <gordon2NO@SPAMdtman.com> on Friday November 09, 2012 @11:21PM (#41939361) Homepage
    Are there ANY Chinese companies that chose to open a factory in the US, where they would have to deal with employee unions?

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