updated 09:51 am EDT, Mon April 15, 2013
Marks end to brief hiring freeze
Asian manufacturer Foxconn has resumed hiring at a plant in Zhengzhou, China in preparation for a new iPhone, a Bloomberg source says. The factory froze hiring in February, but has reportedly been hiring again for the past month to meet extra capacity demanded by Apple. The added workers are expected to build not only a new iPhone but also existing models.
A Foxconn spokesman has confirmed that hiring began about a month ago, but won't say how many people have been added, except that the plant now has about 250,000 to 300,000 people. The Wall Street Journal however indicates that Foxconn has been hiring about 10,000 assembly line crewpeople per week since the end of March.
The iPhone is the only Apple product assembled at Zhengzhou. iPhones are also assembled at Foxconn plants in Shenzhen and Taiyuan in China, and one in Jundiai, Brazil. Demand is such that a second company, Pegatron, produces iPhones at a Shanghai factory.