Breaking news. Yes, yet again, fire has broken out at one of the Foxconn factories in China this morning! There are reports coming in of a substantial fire and possible explosion at a Foxconn plant in Yantai, a city in northeastern Shandong province of China. Smoke was seen billowing high into the sky from a building, and people were evacuating while there are reports of multiple fire engines responding to the emergency. According to the Chinese media report, the fire/explosion was caused by improper operation of workmanship on color spraying. We will update this post when we get more information. Video after the break.
Update: More info added, plus new video! So far there was no report on injuries.
Update 2: One more video added, watch how the fire engines put out the fire! According to the latest report, the aging equipment has caused the paint chemical to burn up, generated the huge smoke. In the mean time, the incident has remain at ‘low-profile’, Foxconn has not issued too much detail about it.
This. Is. Pathetic. Two Foxconn workers had troubles coming to an agreement about sharing a copy of Foxconn People, the company’s internal newspaper. So, one of them was stabbed to death for not giving the paper to the other one. See the full story after the break.
Seriously, how hard can it be to make Apple products? Well, Foxconn, a manufacturer of Apple products, thinks robots are more suitable than humans for assembling Apple’s iPhones and iPads in China. Yeah, Foxconn announced earlier this week that it intends to replace many of its workers with robots, aiming to “employ” 1 million robots to handle tasks once carried out by humans — spraying, welding and assembling. Can you imagine what would happen if the Foxconn robot army is formed? Look at some of the scenes found in Taiwan’s latest animated report.
You don’t know when these things could happen, but you should be very excited to see most of the gadgets you love — your iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and so on — to be assembled by Foxconn robots. Yup, Foxconn is planning to replace their human workers with 1 million robots in 3 years to assemble Apple products. Yeah babe!
Foxconn workers were having party last night with their CEO Terry Gou inside the Shenzhen factory plants. The party was to celebrate the upcoming international sport event — Universiade 2011. Terry Gou and his young wife were dancing happily, to promote their company spiritual care. So have Foxconn workers forget about all the suicides and explosion, and start preparing iPhone 5 production? Video after the break.
Update : New photo.
We do not know what to comment on this. Shenzhen Economic Daily reported Monday (July 18) morning that a Foxconn employee died after falling from a dormitory at the company’s plant in Shenzhen. Here’s what we know so far, according to media reports.
UPDATE: Foxconn Vice President Terry Cheng attributed the death to a possible accident, citing that the employee had only worked two hours of overtime since he joined Foxconn on June 27.
This. Is. Sad. 23 year old Foxconn employee Chen Long died on June 25th after a continuous 60-hour working week. Here’s the story:
This. Is. Sad. After an explosion happened at Foxconn’s Chengdu plant last week, the latest news today is an employee at the Chengdu assembly plant leaped to his death from a dormitory building on the grounds of the industrial base on Thursday 1am (May 26) without specifying the reason, said a person familiar with the matter…
UPDATE: The employee jumped from the fifth floor and he died.
Foxconn CEO Terry Gou gives his public comment.
On Friday, a horrific explosion has occurred at the Foxconn Chengdu plant. We have collected the latest news and information on the status of the factory. Meanwhile, the press media from China are restricted to report any latest news, including the Government official media, Xinhua news. A Taiwan TV crew has arrived at the spot, and we have detailed information on what is going on at Chengdu’s factory after the explosion. What we know right now, Foxconn seems to be covering up the mess…
From China Xinhua news, a third employee has died from the explosion. After the first stage of investigation, the accidental explosion was caused by combustible dust which gathered at the dust collecting pipe in one of the polishing workshop. If you wonder what is combustible dust, you can watch this video show from CBS, and you will know how dangerous it is.
Foxconn was plagued by a string of worker suicides at the factory in Shenzhen last year, prompting the company to raise up workers’ salaries. Eventually, Foxconn planned to shift the manufacture lines to other province of China, in order to increase the production level. The city of Chengdu, provincial capital of Sichuan, is located at the southwest China. Last year August, Foxconn opened a new 2-billion-U.S.-dollar plant over there. With the help from the inland governments and officials, the new facotry take only about two months plus to build up and start to produce iPad. At the mean time, there is about 20,000 workers in Chengdu’s factory. Today, an explosion occurred at the factory, so this is the right time to let everyone know about the inside story of this newest Foxconn’s manufacture plant…
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