China’s largest iPhone assembly plant untouched by massive flooding
After torrential rains in Zhengzhou, China on Tuesday, Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn said its factory had not been affected by major flooding in the city.
As reported by CNBCFoxconn said it had “activated an emergency response plan for flood control measures at this location.”
“We can confirm that there has been no direct impact on our facility at this location to date and we are closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates as appropriate,” added a spokesperson for the society.
Foxconn owns the largest iPhone assembly plant in Zhengzhou. A few months before Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 13, this could have represented a delay in product deliveries.
According to history, more than 100,000 people have been relocated to safety and at least 12 people have died since the torrential rains started. Within an hour, it rained more than it normally would in an average month, local authorities said.
Apple CEO Tim Cook used his Weibo account to announce that Apple would donate to support the relief effort in China. Last week on his Twitter accountCook did the same for the floods in Germany, Belgium and Western Europe.
“Our hearts go out to all those affected by the flooding in Henan Province and to the first responders who are helping people get to safety. Apple will donate to support the relief effort.
As China grapples with flooding, Bloomberg recently reported that the growth of the pandemic in Vietnam is forcing Apple suppliers to demand “factory sleepovers” to prevent cases of COVID-19.
“In the northern provinces of Bac Ninh and Bac Giang, a key manufacturing hub that is home to Samsung Electronics Co. and major suppliers to Apple Inc., authorities say around 150,000 workers live in industrial parks to reduce the risk infections. In the Ho Chi Minh City mall, 22 companies employing 25,000 people have also set up sleepover sites for an unknown number of employees, according to the city’s media center.“
Not only that, but big tech companies are also suffering from semiconductor shortages, although TSMC reiterated that Apple’s iPhone 13 lineup should not be affected.
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