Foxconn Reopens Polishing Workshops as Explosion Investigation Concludes

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    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="">explosion that killed three people and injured 15 others nearly two weeks ago.
    Foxconn opened the Chengdu facility where the explosion occurred late last year, seeking to diversify production away from its main facilities in Shenzhen, China. But analyst Brian White of Ticonderoga Securities reports 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
  2. macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2010
  3. macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2011
    Poor workers, they are treated like slaves.

    Apple should do something about this!
  4. macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008
    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.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Um...we could stop buying Apple products. Just sayin'! =P
  6. macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    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:
  7. macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2002
    Denver, CO
    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.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
  9. macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    Nov 22, 2007
    Ask Apple
    Here is a novel 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.
  10. macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    Yup, they removed all the evidence. Everything is fine, as always.
  11. macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2010
    Too bad they didn't even notify their employees of their findings.

    Such is the life of a sweatshop....
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2007
    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.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2011
    Harrisburg, PA
    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.
  14. macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
  15. macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2010
    here and there
    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?
  16. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Yup. It's actually Apple's report that first brought attention to Foxconn.

    Agree. Like anything in the world, there's always room for improvement.
  17. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    There are other options. Foxconn is planning to build factories at Brazil and other countries for example.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2004
    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.
  19. macrumors 68000

    Jan 13, 2008
    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!"
  20. macrumors 68030

    Feb 17, 2009
    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.
  21. macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    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.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2011
  23. macrumors 65816

    Jun 18, 2010
    I think you may have China confused with NAFTA. :D
  24. macrumors 68040

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    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.
  25. macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    Combustible dust explosions

    [...]" 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:

    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.)

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