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  • Rise of the robots: 60,000 workers culled from just one factory in China (truncated title)

    05/25/2016 1:11:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 May, 2016, 9:50pm UPDATED : Sunday, 22 May, 2016, 9:29am
    Rise of the robots: 60,000 workers culled from just one factory as China’s struggling electronics hub turns to artificial intelligence Kunshan, in Jiangsu province, undergoes makeover as 600 companies look to trim their headcount The manufacturing hub for the electronics industry, Kunshan, in Jiangsu province, is seeking a drastic reduction in labour costs as it undergoes a makeover after an industrial explosion killed 146 people in 2014.The county, one-seventh the size of neighbouring Shanghai and the mainland’s first county to achieve US$4,000 per capita income, was adjudged the best county for its economic performance by Forbes for seven years in...
  • Foxconn replaces '60,000 factory workers with robots' (China)

    05/25/2016 11:05:03 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 38 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/25/16 | uncredited
    Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots. One factory has "reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots", a government official told the South China Morning Post. Xu Yulian, head of publicity for the Kunshan region, added: "More companies are likely to follow suit." China is investing heavily in a robot workforce. In a statement to the BBC, Foxconn Technology Group confirmed that it was automating "many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations" but denied that it meant long-term job losses. [snip] Since September 2014, 505 factories...
  • Reports say Japan's Sharp OK's takeover by Taiwan's Hon Hai (Foxconn)

    02/24/2016 8:25:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2016 10:09 PM EST
    Japanese media report that troubled Japanese electronics maker Sharp has agreed to a takeover offer from Taiwanese company Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn. Sharp Corp. would not immediately confirm the reports Thursday by Kyodo News Service and other media that it had opted for Foxconn rather than a competing consortium of Japanese investors to help restructure its once booming liquid crystal display panel business to cope with competition from Korean and Chinese rivals. ...
  • Foxconn Plans to Spend $5 Billion on Factories in India’s Maharashtra State

    08/08/2015 8:04:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 8, 2015 | Sean McLain
    Foxconn Plans to Spend $5 Billion on Factories in India’s Maharashtra State Taiwanese electronics manufacturer signs MOU as a ‘first step,’ says state government official By Sean McLain Updated Aug. 8, 2015 10:27 a.m. ET 2 COMMENTS NEW DELHI—Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn plans to spend $5 billion dollars on factories, and research and development in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, according to a state official. Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer by revenue, signed a memorandum of understanding Saturday with Maharashtra to invest the money in coming years on operations that would employ 50,000 people, said Subash Desai,...
  • Foxconn Layoffs: Apple Supplier to Downsize Workforce [Desire to replace workers with robots]

    01/27/2015 10:49:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    InvestorPlace ^ | 01/27/2015 | By William White,
    Foxconn, a supplier for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), has announced that it’s cutting its workforce. The exact number of employees that will be affected by the Foxconn layoffs hasn’t been announced. The company also hasn’t said when the layoffs will go into effect. The job cuts come as the company faces higher wages in China and less revenue growth, reports Reuters. The Foxconn layoffs are also likely affected by the company’s desire to replace workers with robots. The use of robotic arms in some parts of the company’s work will allow the company to replace workers that were performing simple tasks, Reuters...
  • Nokia re-enters consumer electronics with 7.9-inch iPad mini knockoff

    11/19/2014 11:35:22 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 77 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Tuesday, November 18, 2014 · 12:54 pm
    “Just months after selling its ailing handsets business to Microsoft, the Finnish company is planning to go back into the consumer market with a new tablet,” Matti Huuhtanen reports for The Associated Press. “It will launch a 7.9-inch device early next year in China, the world’s biggest market, before selling it elsewhere.” “The device will be manufactured by Foxconn, which makes Apple’s handsets. And it will operate Android instead of the Windows software Nokia used on its cellphones when it began a partnership with Microsoft in 2011. That partnership ended unsuccessfully — in April, Nokia sold its cellphones unit to...
  • Foxconn Weighs Plan for U.S. Plant-Taiwanese Manufacturer Would Make Displays at U.S. Facility

    01/27/2014 1:58:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 26, 2014 | Lorraine Luk
    TAIPEI— Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. 2317.TW -0.12% , which assembles gadgets for Apple Inc. AAPL -1.82% and other global technology firms, is evaluating a plan to build an advanced display manufacturing plant in the U.S., its chairman said. Terry Gou, speaking to reporters at the company's 40th anniversary gathering on Sunday, said Hon Hai, also known by the trade name Foxconn, plans to relocate capital-intensive and high-tech manufacturing to the U.S., its largest market....
  • Report: Apple returned 8M shoddy iPhones to Foxconn

    04/22/2013 9:19:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | 22nd April 2013 | Simon Sharwood
    Report: Apple returned 8M shoddy iPhones to Foxconn Manufacturer feeling financial pain after botching a batch By Simon Sharwood, APAC Editor, 22nd April 2013 Foxconn has apparently botched a batch of iPhones, which Apple returned to the contract manufacturer because they were not fit for sale. Details of just what went wrong are sketchy, as the source for this tale is an anonymous Foxconn staffer chatting to China Business. That report, after being forced through a couple of translation engines, suggests Apple sent back at least five million iPhones, and maybe as many as eight million, “due to appearance of...
  • Foxconn Allegedly Replacing Human Workers With Robots

    11/13/2012 2:47:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 58 replies ^ | 11/13/12 | John Biggs
    Foxconn has been planning to buy 1 million robots to replace human workers and it looks like that change, albeit gradual, is about to start. The company is allegedly paying $25,000 per robot – about three times a worker’s average salary – and they will replace humans in assembly tasks. The plans have been in place for a while – I spoke to Foxconn reps about this a year ago – and it makes perfect sense. Humans are messy, they want more money, and having a half-a-million of them in one factory is a recipe for unrest. But what happens...
  • Mike Daisey on Real Time with Bill Maher (Bill Maher duped by fabricated Apple-Foxconn story)

    03/17/2012 2:03:21 PM PDT · by Qbert · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2/6/2012 | mdaisey
    Mike Daisey, creator of THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS, talks with Bill Maher about Apple's human rights violations in China, where thousands toil making iPhones and iPads in miserable working conditions while Apple realizes record-shattering profits. Learn more at VIDEO
  • NPR Retracts Mike Daisey’s This American Life Piece On Foxconn For “Significant Fabrications”

    03/17/2012 10:40:00 AM PDT · by Qbert · 25 replies ^ | 3/16/2012 | TechCrunch
    At over a million digital listens, “Mr. Daisey Goes To The Apple Factory” is This American Life’s most popular episode in history. That’s no small feat for one of the world’s most well-known radio shows. When it aired, it set off yet another firestorm of controversy regarding the ethics of Apple (and other large tech companies) using cheap Chinese labor through major manufacturers like Foxconn. Mr Daisey, who has been touring for years with a monologue about his visit to the factories there and the moral implications thereof, provided details to This American Life to put together what was really...
  • VIDEO: Apple Factory Critic Admits Fabricating Stories

    03/17/2012 5:48:33 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 39 replies · 1+ views
    YouTube ^ | March 16, 2012 | Buzz 60
    The activist actor who campaigned against working conditions at Chinese factories that make iPads and iPhones now admits he fabricated much of his "reporting." Mike Daisey went on NPR's This American Life and theater stages and TV talk shows with emotional tales of shocking hardships. Now Tim Minton says moral outrage is against him.VIDEO
  • When Hate of Capitalism Trumps "Journalistic Ethics"

    03/16/2012 1:36:26 PM PDT · by greywar · 5 replies
    zPatriot ^ | 3/16/2012 | Sergeant Greywar
    Some professional journalists enjoy pooh pooh-ing the blogosphere because we lowly citizens simply don't have the required "layers and layers of fact checkers" that Real Journalists have to vett their articles though. But what happens when a Real Journalist organization really really really wants something to be true? Well then those layers of fact checking can go by the wayside like they did with this "expose" of Big Greedy Capitalist Apple and Demon Western Materialism (the iPhone). My favorite bit is where the author of the piece so desperately wants to paint Westerners as being so Greedy That Workers Must...
  • This American Life retracts Apple episode, says Daisey fabricated parts

    03/16/2012 12:31:50 PM PDT · by epithermal · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 16, 2012 | Liz Goodwin
    The public radio show This American Life has retracted an entire storyline told by comedian and self-described Apple fanboy Mike Daisey that aired in early January after Daisey's translator said he made up significant details of the tale. In a press release, the show says the episode was the most popular in its history and was downloaded 888,000 times. The episode also sparked a petition for Apple to improve its working conditions that was signed by a quarter of a million people.
  • Has Jim Crow Moved To Silicon Valley? Racism In The Tech World (Barf Alert)

    03/16/2012 11:50:05 AM PDT · by lbryce · 65 replies
    NewsOne ^ | March 13, 2012 | Terell Jermaine Starr
    Racial segregation is no longer staring us down on the streets of Birmingham and Jackson. But has it positioned itself in a most unlikely locale: Silicon Valley. Related:We Must Draw More Blacks to Tech
  • 'This American Life' issues retraction episode over Foxconn report

    03/16/2012 12:58:18 PM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 9 replies
    Engadget ^ | 16MAR12 | Brian Heater
    This American Life is airing a new episode today titled "Retraction." The title and show are a direct response to the January 6th edition of the popular public radio program titled "Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory," an adaptation of a one-man show that helped put Cupertino's involvement with Foxconn back in the public spotlight. "Regrettably," the show's producers write in the description of this week's episode, "we have discovered that one of our most popular episodes was partially fabricated." The hour-long show has been dedicated to clearing up some of the misconceptions, including an interview with Mike Daisey to...
  • This Article Explains Why Apple Makes iPhones In China And Why The U.S. Is Screwed

    01/22/2012 4:49:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 139 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/22/12 | Henry Blodget
    This Article Explains Why Apple Makes iPhones In China And Why The U.S. Is Screwed Henry Blodget | Jan. 22, 2012, 5:30 AM | 3,191 | The manufacturing processes of Apple and other electronics companies have come into sharp focus of late, with the revelation of more details about what life is like for the Chinese workers who make the world's gadgets. When one reads about these working conditions--12-16 hour shifts, pay of ~$1 per hour or less, dormitories with 15 beds in 12x12 rooms--the obvious assumption is that it's all about money: Greedy manufacturers want to make bigger profits,...
  • Apple's Rise Is China's Rise

    10/10/2011 10:46:09 AM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 5 replies
    "Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China" is etched into the glossy black of every iPhone. The designer is mourned and deified the world over, but the assemblers are huddled in anonymity. Indeed, the story of Apple's rise over the last decade is as much America's story as it is China's. If Steve Jobs, donned in his uniform of jeans and black pullover, was the general who led the battle for global digital technology supremacy, then it took hundreds of thousands of his troops in factory overalls and static-free scrubs to realize his vision with precision and consistency. That...
  • Amazon/Kindle Part 7 The End Of The Road For Outsourcing? (Dismantling America's innovation machine)

    09/10/2011 7:25:47 AM PDT · by OldCountryBoy · 38 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09-09-2011 | Steve Denning
    ...I’m late on the comments because I am helping a major US corporation once again ship a perfectly running, extremely profitable manufacturing operation overseas. By all means of evaluation, it makes no sense to ship it away. This operation meets all cost targets, highest yield requirements and etc. It is moving because someone has a burr that says we can make it cheaper overseas. Just wait until yields drop, requiring throughput to increase, and increased part costs due to the additional wasted parts that will be bought...
  • Sony, Nokia express concern over Foxconn suicides

    05/29/2010 3:55:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies · 371+ views
    CNET ^ | 5/28/2010 | Erica Ogg
    Under its Foxconn brand, Hon Hai Precision Industries makes gadgets to order for the biggest name in electronics. And in light of the increasing number of employee suicide attempts and media attention, some of those clients are beginning to speak publicly about the problem. On Friday, one of the most recognizable names in electronics, Sony, and the largest mobile-phone company in the world, Nokia, say they're looking into what's happening at the Foxconn factories in China, according to Agence France Presse. "In response to recent reports, Sony has begun taking steps to re-evaluate the working environment at Foxconn," the...
  • Foxconn Chairman Calls in Exorcist to Stop Suicides

    05/17/2010 5:01:34 PM PDT · by decimon · 24 replies · 615+ views
    Tom's Hardware ^ | May 17, 2010 | Jane McEntegart
    As Foxconn's suicide cluster continues, the company is desperate to have the death toll remain where it is.Foxconn has been experiencing a wave of suicides, with a total of eight employees taking their lives since the beginning of the year. A ninth incident, which took place yesterday, and saw a man with several knife wounds fall from a seventh-floor window of one of Foxconn’s dormitories, has not been confirmed as a suicide.
  • Foxconn suicides: capitalism and Marxism treat people like animals(globalists & chicom)

    06/05/2010 7:43:38 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 470+ views
    Asia News ^ | 05/31/10 | Wei Jingsheng
    05/31/2010 13:07 CHINA Foxconn suicides: capitalism and Marxism treat people like animals by Wei Jingsheng The great dissident analyzes the series of suicides in the Guangdong factory and points the finger at the Chinese social system, which transforms businessmen (even Western) into devils without morals, cancels labour rights, morality and democracy in the name of profit. The collusion of business and media in the West. /snip The theory of Karl Marx was really not so good, as it brought a century disaster to the human race. Yet, to the least, Karl Marx was a person with some sympathy. Should he...
  • Apple says 'saddened' by string of suicides at Foxconn

    05/28/2010 9:18:50 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 601+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05/27/10
    Apple says 'saddened' by string of suicides at Foxconn HONG KONG Wed May 26, 2010 12:44am EDT HONG KONG May 26 (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Wednesday that it was saddened by a recent spate of apparent suicides at Foxconn (2038.HK), one of its key production partners, and would continue ongoing inspections of all facilities where its products are made.
  • Foxconn Suicides: iPhone and iPad Factory Under Scrutiny

    05/26/2010 4:38:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies · 703+ views
    Time ^ | 5/26/2010 | AUSTIN RAMZY
    The massive Foxconn factory in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen is known for assembling famous electronic goods like Apple's iPhone and iPad. But in recent months it has gained a darker image, as a place where distraught workers regularly throw themselves to their deaths. The latest fatality came on Tuesday morning, when a 19-year-old employee died in a fall in the company's Shenzhen compound, according to the state-run Xinhua news service. He was the ninth worker this year to have died in a fall from factory buildings on Foxconn's properties in Shenzhen; two have survived suicide attempts, according to...
  • USI and Foxconn to reportedly make the Wi-Fi iPod

    04/14/2007 6:40:33 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 2 replies · 168+ views ^ | Sat, 14 Apr 2007 14:41:00GMT | James Simpson
    USI and Foxconn to reportedly make the Wi-Fi iPod The rumors mills are working overtime again. If it is not the iPhone it has to be about the iPod. DigiTimes is reporting that Apple is all set to roll out a Wi-Fi iPod and that Universal Scientific Industrial (USI) and Foxconn are the chosen companies for the task. The rumors mills are working overtime again. If it is not the iPhone it has to be about the iPod. DigiTimes is reporting that Apple is all set to roll out a Wi-Fi iPod and that Universal Scientific Industrial (USI) and Foxconn...