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MacRumors
Jun 2, 2011, 09:29 AM
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that Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn (also known as Hon Hai Precision) has reopened its polishing workshops that had been closed since an <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2011/05/20/explosion-reported-at-foxconns-ipad-production-plant-in-chengdu-china/">explosion (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303657404576361010698304464.html) that killed three people and injured 15 others nearly two weeks ago.Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. said Thursday its polishing workshops in China resumed operation this week after an investigation into a deadly combustible dust explosion that killed three and injured 15 workers last month.

The company didn't disclose findings of its investigation.

The comments came after Hon Hai, an assembler of Apple Inc. products and the world's biggest contract electronics manufacturer by revenue, had closed the workshops that handle polishing for electronic parts and products due to an investigation into the explosion.Foxconn opened the Chengdu facility where the explosion occurred late last year (http://www.macrumors.com/2010/11/23/foxconn-ramping-up-ipad-production-at-new-chengdu-factory/), seeking to diversify production away from its main facilities in Shenzhen, China. But analyst Brian White of Ticonderoga Securities reports (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2011/06/02/apple-foxconn-re-opens-questions-linger/) that iPad production at the facility has been held back due to supply issues related to components used in the devices. Those issues had reportedly slowed the ramping up of production there even before the explosion, thus mitigating the acute affect of the workshops being taken offline following the explosion even as Apple and Foxconn continue to work to meet demand.

Article Link: Foxconn Reopens Polishing Workshops as Explosion Investigation Concludes (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/06/02/foxconn-reopens-polishing-workshops-as-explosion-investigation-concludes/)



INeedAMacBook
Jun 2, 2011, 09:39 AM
iPhone 5 :D

Appslover
Jun 2, 2011, 09:39 AM
Poor workers, they are treated like slaves.

Apple should do something about this!

surf2snow1
Jun 2, 2011, 09:42 AM
Poor workers, they are treated like slaves.

Apple should do something about this!

Not to sound cold hearted, but Apple's job is to make money for the shareholders (and Steve's pocket), not to solve human rights issues.

mac1984user
Jun 2, 2011, 09:43 AM
Poor workers, they are treated like slaves.

Apple should do something about this!

Um...we could stop buying Apple products. Just sayin'! =P

chrono1081
Jun 2, 2011, 09:46 AM
Poor workers, they are treated like slaves.

Apple should do something about this!

And so should everyone else. Every major electronic manufacturer uses Foxconn products.

Not to mention Apple, and others have already done plenty on improving conditions at Foxconn:

http://www.apple.com/supplierresponsibility/

lazyrighteye
Jun 2, 2011, 09:48 AM
Not to sound cold hearted, but Apple's job is to make money for the shareholders (and Steve's pocket), not to solve human rights issues.

The funny (sad?) part is, it's not one or the other. You can actually achieve both. And I'm fairly confident that Apple's bottom line, and Steve's pockets, are doing just fine.

ranReloaded
Jun 2, 2011, 09:52 AM
Nothing to see here, move along!

Full of Win
Jun 2, 2011, 09:57 AM
Poor workers, they are treated like slaves.

Apple should do something about this!

Here is a novel idea....how about letting the workers decide their own fate. They are free to leave AT ANY TIME. If they don't like their treatment, all they need to do is to leave.

carlgo
Jun 2, 2011, 09:59 AM
Nothing to see here, move along!

Yup, they removed all the evidence. Everything is fine, as always.

SeniorGato1
Jun 2, 2011, 10:02 AM
Too bad they didn't even notify their employees of their findings.

Such is the life of a sweatshop....

logandzwon
Jun 2, 2011, 10:08 AM
Here is a novel idea....how about letting the workers decide their own fate. They are free to leave AT ANY TIME. If they don't like their treatment, all they need to do is to leave.

and go across the street to work longer hours for less pay, in a company that doesn't have journalist doing stories about it every month.

Mak47
Jun 2, 2011, 10:12 AM
Poor workers, they are treated like slaves.

Apple should do something about this!

In Apple's defense, they do take many steps to affect positive change in the factories that make their products. It is also impossible to compete on a global level if you don't take advantage of the cheap labor offered by developing nations.

It's my opinion that they could do more by not supporting countries like China. When business is done there, the government makes money. It also gains influence and is too quickly forgiven for it's many human rights abuses.

The only alternative unfortunately is stateside manufacturing, which is ridiculously difficult as a result of our obscene tax code and overbearing regulatory system. The same could be said for manufacturing in the E.U.

*LTD*
Jun 2, 2011, 10:19 AM
Good. Back to business and full steam ahead.

0815
Jun 2, 2011, 10:29 AM
Poor workers, they are treated like slaves.

Apple should do something about this!

Why don't you mention all the other companies that use Foxconn to manufacture their products? Do you think only the ones working on Apple products are treated bad?

Consultant
Jun 2, 2011, 10:36 AM
And so should everyone else. Every major electronic manufacturer uses Foxconn products.

Not to mention Apple, and others have already done plenty on improving conditions at Foxconn:

http://www.apple.com/supplierresponsibility/

Yup. It's actually Apple's report that first brought attention to Foxconn.

The funny (sad?) part is, it's not one or the other. You can actually achieve both. And I'm fairly confident that Apple's bottom line, and Steve's pockets, are doing just fine.

Agree. Like anything in the world, there's always room for improvement.

Consultant
Jun 2, 2011, 10:46 AM
In Apple's defense, they do take many steps to affect positive change in the factories that make their products. It is also impossible to compete on a global level if you don't take advantage of the cheap labor offered by developing nations.

It's my opinion that they could do more by not supporting countries like China. When business is done there, the government makes money. It also gains influence and is too quickly forgiven for it's many human rights abuses.

The only alternative unfortunately is stateside manufacturing, which is ridiculously difficult as a result of our obscene tax code and overbearing regulatory system. The same could be said for manufacturing in the E.U.

There are other options. Foxconn is planning to build factories at Brazil and other countries for example.

lkrupp
Jun 2, 2011, 10:56 AM
Um...we could stop buying Apple products. Just sayin'! =P

If you would include every other manufacturer who does business with Foxconn I might possibly agree with you. But attempting to lay this solely at Apple's feet and single them out for a boycott simply reveals extreme ignorance and Apple hating at ti's worst.

ericinboston
Jun 2, 2011, 10:56 AM
I wonder who the lucky folks are that get to stand in the same place/vacinity as where the explosion took place. :)

Dave: "Hey Jim! Wanna trade places?!"
Jim: "No way, Jose!"

Thunderhawks
Jun 2, 2011, 10:58 AM
and go across the street to work longer hours for less pay, in a company that doesn't have journalist doing stories about it every month.

Here is another novel idea:

Stop making more children and use your brain AND condoms.

The planet is full, especially in Asia. There is not enough physical labor to give out in the world.

If every worker at FoxConn accepts the conditions (Don't even exactly know what they are, except from hearsay and media reports) because they have an entire family connected to the fact that they have a job and bring in money, maybe it's time to shrink their families over time?

Sadly, this will go on in all the countries where poverty is created via over population.
As posted, this is not alone Apple's problem, but it looks good to tie negative news to corporations with lots of media exposure.

Tiger8
Jun 2, 2011, 11:57 AM
Yes, shame on Apple for manufacturing their products there. and kudos to Dell, HTC, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Vizio, Acer, Asus, and Nokia for manufacturing their products in factories with better conditions.

AltimateJP
Jun 2, 2011, 12:12 PM
Glad these people are finally back to work. That's great news for the human organs black market!

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/06/02/boy-17-sells-kidney-to-buy-ipad-2-in-china/

Laird Knox
Jun 2, 2011, 12:14 PM
I wonder who the lucky folks are that get to stand in the same place/vacinity as where the explosion took place. :)

Dave: "Hey Jim! Wanna trade places?!"
Jim: "No way, Jose!"

I think you may have China confused with NAFTA. :D

Gasu E.
Jun 2, 2011, 12:28 PM
Here is another novel idea:

Stop making more children and use your brain AND condoms.

The planet is full, especially in Asia. There is not enough physical labor to give out in the world.

If every worker at FoxConn accepts the conditions (Don't even exactly know what they are, except from hearsay and media reports) because they have an entire family connected to the fact that they have a job and bring in money, maybe it's time to shrink their families over time?

Sadly, this will go on in all the countries where poverty is created via over population.
As posted, this is not alone Apple's problem, but it looks good to tie negative news to corporations with lots of media exposure.

China has a one-child policy.
The USA has a policy of witholding aid to foreign health programs unless the only family planning method they promote is abstinence.

SockRolid
Jun 2, 2011, 12:42 PM
[...]" the accident was likely due to an explosion of aluminum dust in a ventilation duct, "[...]

That's really scary. Even materials that normally aren't explosive can create huge blasts if their dust is fine enough, it's at a high enough concentration in the air, etc.

The canonical dust explosions happen in coal mines and grain silos. At least now there are technologies for instantly detecting and suppressing the explosions as they occur:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_explosion

And, as an aside, aluminum dust is very nasty stuff even when it isn't exploding. During the filming of the "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), Buddy Ebsen was the original Tin Woodsman. His makeup contained aluminum dust, which got into his lungs and caused an allergic reaction. He got so sick that he was unable to breathe and was taken to a hospital to recuperate.

Jack Haley replaced Ebsen, and the makeup was reformulated with aluminum paste instead of aluminum dust. (And you can still hear Ebsen's voice in all of the "We're Off to See the Wizard" numbers.)

notabadname
Jun 2, 2011, 01:05 PM
So many people on here, many of whom have never left their own state and certainly their own country, profess to know so much about the horrible work conditions and 'sweat shop" life of these workers on the other side of the globe. I wonder how work in this air conditioned factory compares to the toils of a rice paddy worker? These very well may be premium jobs in their society. I admit to not knowing. I just find it amusing how "damning" some people are of Apple and this factory while we have jobs that are actually more dangerous, dirtier and pay no more compared to the cost of living within our own nation. And probably not a one of us that doesn't have multiple products from a similar or same factory in China, be it the digital controls on your microwave, the guts of your car stereo, your artificial Christmas tree or $12 sunglasses. We should stop blaming Apple and start blaming ourselves (myself included), or just get over it.

SandynJosh
Jun 2, 2011, 01:06 PM
Glad to see that everything is back to full production. The world needs an Apple in everyone's possession and world peace and harmony will reign.

All praise to the turtlenecked One forever and ever!

MacGuffin
Jun 2, 2011, 02:26 PM
Poor workers, they are treated like slaves.

Apple should do something about this!

Stop raining on our exploitation parade, $%^@#! you!

ten-oak-druid
Jun 2, 2011, 02:47 PM
Here is a novel idea....how about letting the workers decide their own fate. They are free to leave AT ANY TIME. If they don't like their treatment, all they need to do is to leave.

No they are not.

Thunderhawks
Jun 2, 2011, 09:20 PM
China has a one-child policy.
The USA has a policy of witholding aid to foreign health programs unless the only family planning method they promote is abstinence.

Yes, it's a good try, but only applies to 36% of their population. There are exceptions and not everybody is adhering to it.

Don't think China needs any help for anything from the US they are swimming in US Dollars from all their exporting.

Plus, they own a lot of companies and real estate in the US.

huntson
Jun 2, 2011, 09:40 PM
Poor workers, they are treated like slaves.

Apple should do something about this!

As far as I am concerned every ****ing worker can die (as long as there are more to replace them). It is somewhat amusing that the Chinese call them workshops - not a far leap from sweatshops.

revjoel
Jun 2, 2011, 10:15 PM
Yes, shame on Apple for manufacturing their products there. and kudos to Dell, HTC, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Vizio, Acer, Asus, and Nokia for manufacturing their products in factories with better conditions.

You ever look inside an Xbox? Right on the casing is stamped the Foxconn name. Come on people! Get a clue! They employ a million people and manufacture way more than Apple's products.

chrono1081
Jun 3, 2011, 09:07 AM
You ever look inside an Xbox? Right on the casing is stamped the Foxconn name. Come on people! Get a clue! They employ a million people and manufacture way more than Apple's products.

+1 Look at Dell Poweredge servers. All foxconn cables inside.

jonnysods
Jun 3, 2011, 12:20 PM
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This is good. Hopefully no more loss of lives at the factory.

caspersoong
Jun 4, 2011, 02:48 AM
At least Apple doesn't cover up like Samsung and Microsoft.

Festo
Jun 4, 2011, 06:50 AM
Here is another novel idea:

Stop making more children and use your brain AND condoms.

The planet is full, especially in Asia. There is not enough physical labor to give out in the world.

If every worker at FoxConn accepts the conditions (Don't even exactly know what they are, except from hearsay and media reports) because they have an entire family connected to the fact that they have a job and bring in money, maybe it's time to shrink their families over time?

Sadly, this will go on in all the countries where poverty is created via over population.
As posted, this is not alone Apple's problem, but it looks good to tie negative news to corporations with lots of media exposure.


Use condoms. Brilliant. Problem solved.

Perhaps you could shift your thoughts a little bit and start to consider the problem the other way around:

Not made in America :
http://feedroom.businessweek.com/?fr_story=cafca80532b06b8b6c469e122e86faf33e857b40&rf=sitemap

The Story of Stuff :
http://www.storyofstuff.com/

And I guess your brilliant mind has already read No Logo.

RafaelT
Jun 4, 2011, 10:37 AM
Given how long they shut it down for it sounds like they probably did address the problem and did not just pretend it never happened. Hopefully this will be the end of any major accidents for them.

lucyna
Jun 5, 2011, 05:08 AM
I just care my iphone 5...