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Foxconn to recruit over 100,000 to help build new iPhone

06/23, 9:21am

Pegatron also boosting workforce

Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- is preparing to hire some 100,000 people in mainland China to help manufacture new iPhones, says Taiwan's Economic Daily News. The effort is described as the company's largest-ever Chinese hiring spree. Another major Apple supplier, Pegatron, is meanwhile said to be boosting labor at a mainland factory by 30 percent for the sake of iPhone production. Foxconn is expected to handle 70 percent of orders, while Pegatron will deal with the remainder.

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Foxconn profits rise 13 percent on iPhone and iPad sales

03/28, 1:07pm

Bulk of manufacturer's revenue tethered to Apple

Taiwan-based manufacturer Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- saw its profits rise 13 percent last year to $3.5 billion, something attributed mainly to record iPhone and iPad sales, according to the Wall Street Journal. Foxconn is closely linked to Apple, deriving over 40 percent of its revenue from Apple orders. As such, any fluctuation in iPhone and iPad sales can dramatically affect its income.

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Apple Supplier Responsibility report claims work on conflict minerals

02/13, 9:13am

Company specifically worried about Congo

Apple has published its eighth Supplier Responsibility report, based on data including 451 audits of its suppliers. The company claims a 95 percent compliance with the maximum 60-hour work week in its Supplier Code, a slightly improvement from 92 percent a year ago. Notably, Apple says it is now keeping a closer watch on where suppliers pull minerals from, in a bid to avoid "conflict" minerals -- minerals from regions where their sale may be used to fund ongoing wars. In particular, the Apple is focused on the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Foxconn executives arrested for kickbacks from iPhone suppliers

01/22, 2:47pm

Dozen or more suspects taken into custody

At leas a dozen current and former senior managers at Foxconn have been arrested for accepting bribes from iPhone parts suppliers, according to Tencent. The scheme is alleged to have originated with the company's retired senior VP, Liao Wancheng (pictured). Suppliers were made to pay 2.5 percent of their sales in kickbacks, as well as additional bribes for each new order. The people receiving the cash are said to have reaped "hundreds of millions" in Taiwanese dollars.

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Apple partner Foxconn starts fund to invest in wearable tech

12/11, 5:32pm

Foxconn putting $6.8 million into wearable tech

Foxconn – also known as Hon Hai, assembler of Apple's iPhones and iPads – is looking to capitalize on the anticipated boom in wearable tech by starting an investment fund to finance nascent companies working in the segment. Sources familiar with the project told Bloomberg this week that Syntrend Creative Park Co., a Foxconn unit, will administer the NT$200 million ($6.8 million) fund aimed at giving the firm a hand in the development of wearable devices in the vein of Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, the Google Glass eyewear computer, and the suspected Apple iWatch. The move is the latest by Foxconn to diversify its operations to handle more things than the construction of iOS devices for its most lucrative partner.

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Report: Google buys augmented reality patents from Hon Hai Precision

08/23, 5:15pm

Technology purchased clearly aimed at improving Google Glass

Hon Hai Precision Industry, perhaps better known as the parent company of Foxconn, claims that it has sold Google a large swath of augmented reality patents. The patents cover a computer-generated image superimposed over a static or moving real-world image, and that the technique is commonly used in aviation, gaming, and training. No financial details of the deal are known.

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WSJ backs claims of two iPhone models coming in September

08/19, 3:48pm

Foxconn to start delivering units early in the month

Apple has asked is main manufacturing partner, Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- to start shipping new high-end and low-end iPhone models early next month, according to sources for the Wall Street Journal. Suppliers are said to have started parts production back in June. The sources don't have many details about the low-end phone, but do remark that the flagship device will have a metal casing and the same size and resolution as the iPhone 5.

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iPhone sales help boost Hon Hai/Foxconn Q2 profits 41 percent

08/13, 3:45pm

Apple products account for over 40 percent of revenue

Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, posted a 41 percent year-over-year increase in net profits during its second quarter, according to the Wall Street Journal. Net profits for Q2 2013 were NT$16.98 billion, or about $566.7 million US. In the same quarter of 2012, profits were NT$12.06 billion. The average forecast for this year had been NT$16.32 billion.

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Foxconn demos self-made smartwatch with health, notification features

06/27, 1:57pm

Manufacturer may be beating Apple to the punch

Hon Hai -- better known under its Foxconn brand -- has demonstrated a first-party smartwatch, reports say. The device can connect wirelessly to an iPhone, and display notifications for incoming phone calls and Facebook posts. Like some other smartwatches, it can monitor health signs like heartbeat and respiration, but with the bonus of tips on getting fitness up to par.

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Reuters sources say Apple considering larger iPhones for 2014

06/13, 9:31am

Device could grow as large as 5.7 inches

Apple is considering a range of possible options for expanding its iPhone lineup in 2014, say four sources for Reuters, some of which are said to be with Asian suppliers. The people claim that Apple is considering two bigger iPhone sizes, including 4.7- and 5.7-inch dimensions. Suppliers have reportedly been approached with plans for the bigger screens, but whether or not they'll make it into shipping products is uncertain. "They constantly change product specifications almost to the final moment, so you're not really sure whether this is the final prototype," one source says.

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Foxconn continuing to break Chinese labor laws, FLA finds

05/16, 7:30pm

Foxconn staff still overworked

Apple's biggest supplier, Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- is continuing to break Chinese labor laws, according to a newly-published audit by the Fair Labor Association. The latest evaluation was conducted in January, and did find that Foxconn is complying with 98.3 percent of the 360 points of action the FLA and Apple initially agreed to. 70 out of 76 items that were pending in mid-2012 have been complied with.

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Microsoft signs broad Android patent licensing agreement with Hon Hai

04/16, 11:35pm

Hon Hai parent company of manufacturer Foxconn

Microsoft and Foxconn parent company Hon Hai have signed a worldwide patent licensing agreement that places the manufacturer underneath Microsoft's patent portfolio umbrella for devices running the Android and Chrome OS. The agreement covers patent usage in smartphones, tablets, and televisions. While specifics of the agreement are not available, Microsoft will reportedly receive royalties from Hon Hai under the agreement.

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Hon Hai/Foxconn sees 19 percent drop due to lower iPhone demand

04/10, 10:29am

Company's fortunes linked closely to Apple products

Taiwan-based manufacturer Hon Hai -- better known under its lead brand Foxconn -- posted a 19 percent fall in sales year-over-year during the first quarter, Reuters reports. Revenue reached T$808.97 billion, a decline from T$1 trillion in Q1 2012, as well as the T$988.34 billion the company posted in Q4. The drop is being blamed on lower demand for the iPhone.

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Apple products help Hon Hai reach $1.2B in Q4 profit

03/25, 11:31am

Change credited to improved iPhone, iPad production

Hon Hai Precision Industry, closely linked to parent brand Foxconn Technology Group, has posted a record NT$37 billion ($1.2 billion US) in net income for its fourth quarter, Bloomberg reports. The figure has also surpassed a NT$35.9 billion estimate averaged using predictions from 14 different analysts. Bloomberg credits the profits to improved and greater production of the iPhone and iPad, including the introduction of new iPads and the resolution of scratched iPhone 5 casing problems, which prior to Q4 forced Hon Hai to temporarily halt work on the phone to impose quality control demanded by Apple.

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Apple suppliers suffer terrible February, but now hiring

03/11, 12:20pm

Hon Hai, TSMC each adding 5,000 new jobs

Apple suppliers performed poorly during February, says Topeka Capital analyst Brian White. The claim is based on an "Apple Monitor," a collection of suppliers the analyst tracks as a way of gauging Apple's performance. Collectively the companies were down 31 percent in February, versus a normal 8 percent drop for the month. The results are bad even when considering the effect of the Chinese New Year, White says -- "the worst February we have on record."

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Apple suppliers may keep churning through Chinese New Year

12/28, 4:10pm

Workers could lose time off in order to meet iPhone, iPad demand

Some Apple suppliers will keep manufacturing through the Chinese New Year to meet the company's demands, Taiwan's United Daily News reports. Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, is said to be keeping a portion of production lines open to assemble the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. A circuit board supplier, Flexium Interconnect, will reportedly keep its Kunshan plant going through the Chinese New Year, using students it has trained for the work.

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Foxconn buys land near Sao Paulo Brazil, plans new factory

11/20, 3:43am

Will spend over $500 million for new electronics factory

Hon Hai subsidiary Foxconn CMMSG Industria de Electronicos has bought 350 acres of land near Sao Paulo, Brazil with the intention of building a new factory to assemble smart phones, tablets and other electronics. The deal will create a fifth Foxconn factory in Latin America, and at least the second such facility in Brazil. Foxconn has paid $12.6 million for the land, and will spend more than $490 million building the new facility. The current factory in Brazil is said to be one of the primary assembly plants for the iPad mini. The future facility could be used for expanded production in the Americas.

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Foxconn, Sharp mull $1B spend to help Apple production

08/30, 8:14pm

Foxconn could buy Sharp TV plants in China, Mexico

Hon Hai and Sharp are considering making a $1 billion investment in the latter's LCD plant in Sakai, Japan to help production of displays for Apple devices, Reuters reports. C.C. Lin, an official for Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- made the interest public earlier this week. Lin suggests that Hon Hai is also considering buying Sharp's TV assembly factories in China and Mexico; as for the Japanese investment though, Reuters indicates that an arrangement could be announced as soon as Friday.

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Apple takes 55th place in updated Fortune Global 500

07/09, 10:27am

Shell, Exxon, Wal-Mart take top three spots

Apple has slotted into 55th place in an annual update of Fortune's Global 500 list. The ranking is based on data from the 2011 fiscal year, which in Apple's case includes $108.249 billion in revenue, with a profit of $25.922 billion. Notably Apple has risen a massive 56 spots, having held 111th place last year. Apple is also said to have achieved $116.371 billion in assets, and $76.615 billion in stockholder equity.

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Hon Hai/Foxconn plans deeper investments in Sharp

06/18, 12:10pm

Could be used to pull orders for Apple TV set

Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- is in talks to buy more shares from Sharp, according to company chairman Terry Gou. Reuters reports that Gou revealed the information at the company's annual meeting on Monday; he specifically noted that Hon Hai is taking advantage of a recent drop in Sharp's share price. "When we [first] bought [in March], Sharp's shares were 550 yen, now it is 400 something. It's been dragged by the macro environment. We have already sent delegates there to see if we can buy more shares," said Gou.

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Rumor has iPad mini hitting in Q3 for $249-$299

04/16, 9:55am

Claims 6 milllion units to be ready at launch

A so-called iPad mini will ship in the third quarter of the year as a "counter attack" to upcoming Windows tablets, a Chinese website claims. NetEase moreover reports that the smaller iPads will cost between $249 and $299, with 6 million units ready at launch. Two Asian manufacturers -- Hon Hai (Foxconn) and Pegatron -- will allegedly be responsible for production.

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Sharp in talks to spin off main LCD plant to suppliers

04/10, 4:45pm

Sharp looks to sell new shares of $4b Sakai plant

Japanese LCD panel maker Sharp revealed on Tuesday that it is negotiating with suppliers Toppan Printing and Dai Nippon Printing on the sale of new shares of its main LCD manufacturing plant in Sakai. Exactly how much money each will contribute and what their stake in the plant will be remains to be seen, however. Taiwan's Hon Hai has a majority 46.48 percent stake in the plant as of last month, which is said to be the country's most advanced LCD plant.

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Hon Hai/Foxconn to 'significantly' raise wages in Taiwan

04/05, 11:15am

Attracting, retaining talent main concern

Apple's primary supplier, Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- is "significantly" raising wages for Taiwanese workers, a Hon Hai spokesman tells the Wall Street Journal. The raise will take effect in July, and affect roughly 10,000 people at the company's headquarters, most of whom work on research and development, marketing, and business planning. The spokesman, Simon Hsing, says Hon Hai still hasn't decided on the exact size of the salary hike, but that the company wants to better attract and keep talent.

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Foxconn takes 46.5% stake in Sharp LCD plant in global deal

03/27, 7:55am

Foxconn and Sharp make manufacturing pact

Foxconn under its Hon Hai Group name and Sharp have together struck a deal that will primarily help Sharp improve its performance. Sharp will agree to use more third-party parts in its manufacturing in return for Foxconn taking a 46.5 percent stake in Sharp's Sakai, Japan LCD plant, equaling Sharp's stake after including an existing seven percent Sony involvement. Both companies would share research work and form a "global" alliance that would let Sharp use Foxconn's production.

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Amazon seen micromanaging next Kindle Fire to trim price

02/17, 1:30pm

Amazon Kindle Fire spring update may be very cheap

Amazon may be hoping to shave even more costs on its possible spring Kindle Fire follow-up. Rumors Friday from suppliers given to China Times had it hand-picking which individual contractors it would use instead of giving a blanket deal with Quanta for the original. One of the new entrants might be contract manufacturing giant Foxconn (Hon Hai).

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Supplier performance seen pointing to strong Apple Q1

01/12, 10:35am

Multi-Fineline Electronix posts high Dec. sales

The performance of Apple suppliers is pointing toward a strong December quarter for the company, analysts indicate. UBS analyst Maynard Um uses the example of Multi-Fineline Electronix, which helps supply flexible printed circuit boards for products like the iPhone and iPad. MFE has posted preliminary net sales of $239 million for the quarter, exceeding a $215 million consensus forecast.

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Foxconn profit drops after tough economy, better-paid staff

10/31, 1:45pm

Foxconn reports third-quarter loss of profit

Hon Hai Precision Industry, the parent company of Foxconn and the largest contract maker of electronics, has just posted its fourth consecutive drop in profits. Foxconn manufactures multiple electronics devices for companies like Apple, Amazon, Dell, HP, Sony, and numerous others. Third-quarter net income dropped 8.6 percent to $641 million, the company revealed, which is a decrease from the $701 million in the same time period in the previous year.

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Foxconn to Spend $1.6b on China stores for Apple tech

07/11, 6:55am

Foxconn parent spends $1.6b on retail expansion

Foxconns parent company Hon Hai Precision Industry is set to spend $1.6 billion on opening Apple Authorised Reseller stores throughout China. Hon Hai owns the major Chinese electronics chain Cybermart International, which recently obtained certification as an Apple Authorised Reseller. According to Hon Hai Chairman, Steven Chang, the company will open 500 stores with sections specially dedicated to selling Apple products.

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Leaks have iPhone 5 thinner and lighter, tough to make

07/06, 8:55am

iPhone 5 may be set back by manufacturing process

New hints have emerged that the next iPhone has a genuinely new design but may also be facing complications as a result. Suppliers said Wednesday that the new phone is "thinner and lighter" even as it carries a new eight-megapixel camera. As a result, though, the WSJ heard Foxconn (Hon Hai's manufacturing) may have to delay shipments as the new iPhone is "complicated and difficult to assemble" and might create yield problems.

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Chinese court hands down prison sentences to iPad 2 leakers

06/15, 4:05pm

Accessory maker paid off Foxconn worker

A court in Shenzhen, China has sentenced three people to prison over leaking iPad 2 information, says the Wall Street Journal. The instigator is said to have been Xiao Chengsong, general manager of Shenzhen MacTop Electronics, who offered former Hon Hai/Foxconn worker Hou Pengna 20,000 yuan plus MacTop discounts in exchange for iPad 2 specifications. Hou in turn paid Lin Kecheng, an active Hon Hai R&D worker, for digital images of the tablet's back cover in September 2010. The product's launch was still several months away, on March 11th.

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iPad production effiency will improve, says Foxconn

06/08, 11:30am

Chairman: Tablet is 'very difficult to make'

Terry Gou, the chairman of Foxconn parent Hon Hai, says the company is taking steps to improve the efficiency of iPad production that will begin paying off in the second half of 2011. Speaking at a Hon Hai shareholders meeting, the executive explained that the company's profit growth has lagged behind Apple because iPads are "very difficult to make." Hon Hai is constantly discovering ways of building iPads more efficiently, Gou claims.

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Foxconn closing polishing workshops for inspections

05/23, 10:45pm

Prolonged closure could affect Apple, HP, others

Hon Hai, the parent corporation of Foxconn, has announced the closure of all their polishing workshops pending inspections, lending credence to the government task force theory that combustible dust was ignited, sparking an explosion on Friday at the company's Chengdu plant that killed a total of three workers and injured many others. The polishing process, one of the last stages of product assembly, is used to polish Apple's iPad cases and other electronic parts for other companies, creating fine dust of various elements such as aluminum, which is highly combustible when airborne.

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Apple, Foxconn failing to meet standards, activists say

05/06, 11:05am

Claims promises of improvements unfulfilled

Asian manufacturer Foxconn and client companies like Apple, HP and Dell have failed to live up to promises of higher labor standards, says a Hong Kong-based activist group. Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) charges that while the client firms have pledged to work with Foxconn to raise standards to acceptable levels, many problems still persist. Foxconn is still allegedly making misleading statements about wages and benefits, and even the location of work. Wages are often miscalculated and people are still working many hours of unpaid overtime, potentially as much as 80 to 100 a month without meal breaks. Overtime was supposed to drop to 36 hours.

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Police charge three Foxconn workers with iPad 2 design leaks

04/28, 12:00pm

Accessory makers may have paid for early info

Three workers at Foxconn's factories in Shenzhen, China have been formally charged with leaking the design of the iPad 2, reports say. The charges were actually filed on March 23rd, following arrests made on December 26th. The suspects are accused of violating Foxconn trade secrets rather than Apple's.

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Counter-leaks: next iPad isn't delayed

02/22, 12:20pm

Counterclaims have iPad 2 on track for April

A pair of leaks emerged on mid-Tuesday that promptly countered beliefs that the next iPad might be delayed. Sources for both Reuters and Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes insisted that the new Apple tablet was still on track. While the news outlet couldn't obtain more, Reitzes noted that Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai was expected to ship new iPads to customers in early April, about two million of which would reach customers that month.

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Hon Hai division to open 500 Apple resellers in China

01/27, 11:35pm

Cybermart plans stores in Hong Kong, Taiwan too

Hon Hai, the parent company of Apple supplier Foxxconn and owner of major electronics retail chain Cybermart International has obtained certification as an Apple Reseller and plans to open up to 500 stores for Apple and other products in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, reports DigiTimes. The first of the new stores will debut in Tianjin in April. The Cybermart stores are known for their huge selection of recent electronics and, more significantly for Apple, on-site repair facilities. Apple's relatively small retail presence in China, though incredibly popular, has been a source of complaints with Chinese consumers who own Apple products and find it difficult to get after-sale support.

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iPad 2 case makers admit to leaked info, Alibaba cracks down

12/31, 2:05pm

Chinese firms say iPad 2 cases based on real plans

Some of the companies behind recent iPad 2 case listings at online retailers like Alibaba have claimed or strongly implied that the information was obtained directly from Foxconn's parent firm Hon Hai. Fullchance Industrial, one of these companies, said in an interview on Friday that it was actively working with Hon Hai and had schematics directly from the contract manufacturer. The details were "extremely accurate," he told the Wall Street Journal when asked.

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Foxconn may buy control of Hitachi's mobile LCD production

12/27, 4:25pm

Foxconn parent may buy stake in Hitachi LCD tech

Foxconn's parent firm Hon Hai Precision Industry may get control of Hitachi's phone and tablet display production through a stock deal, Japan's Nikkei newspaper said on Monday. Plans are reportedly underway to buy a majority take in Hitachi Displays for $1.2 billion. The Japanese company in turn would use the money to build a display factory in its home country that would serve Foxconn's aims.

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Hon Hai denies workers selling white iPhone parts

11/19, 12:50pm

Gray market said to be charging premium

Workers at Foxconn are not selling white casings and other iPhone parts, a spokesman with associated firm Hon Hai insists. The refutation was made through a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange, as a response to claims that an American college student was able to tap connections at Foxconn to obtain white parts, then used to convert existing black iPhone 4s. Apple has so far failed to ship its own promised white iPhones, and is rumored to be abandoning the concept entirely.

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Foxconn workers protest pay, relocation plans

11/19, 10:45am

Company allegedly threatening to fire workers

Some Foxconn workers in Foshan, China are protesting their treatment at the hands of management, says Reuters. Thousands of people are said to have gathered outside the Foshan factory this week, complaining about two major issues: low pay, as well as plans to relocate people to factories further inland, where companies tend to pay less for both labor and real estate. One worker complains that the Foshan factory pays a basic wage of just 1,100 yuan (roughly $166) a month, less than promised under recent pay hike plans. Take-home pay after overtime and social security payments tends to come out closer to 2,000 yuan ($300).

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Taiwanese Apple suppliers may raise prices

11/10, 12:15pm

Currency shifts blamed

Apple suppliers based in Taiwan may be forced to raise their prices, says Bloomberg. The Taiwanese dollar has grown 2.5 percent against the US dollar during the last month, and by 7.2 percent during the last year. One supplier, Wintek, is estimating that a 1 percent increase in the exchange rate cuts 0.5 percent off its gross profit margin.

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Foxconn helping to shoulder CDMA iPhone production? [U]

10/27, 10:00pm

Foxconn, Pegatron to ship 30m CDMA iPhones in 2011

(Update: more Pegatron leaks) Foxconn has been brought on to help take some of the production workload for the CDMA iPhone, industry contacts believed on Wednesday. Known in China through its parent label Hon Hai, Foxconn has reportedly been asked to share manufacturing "evenly" with the existing manufacturer Pegatron. The Taiwan Economic News suggests that Foxconn alone has been asked to make 15 million iPhones through all of 2011; by extension, as many as 30 million CDMA iPhones would be made across the two companies.

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Foxconn confirms plans to raise manufacturing prices

10/14, 11:10am

'Most clients' already willing to pay

A Foxconn spokesperson has confirmed hints of plans to raise prices, according to Digitimes. The company is a major force in the electronics manufacturing industry, most notably as a partner in the production of Apple devices like the iPhone. Most clients have already agreed higher quotes, the spokesperson says, while some others are still in negotiations.

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Analyst: Foxconn prices up for Apple, Nokia with pay raise

10/13, 11:40am

Foxconn again said raising prices to match pay

Citibank analyst Chang Kaiwei claimed to investors today that Foxconn would be raising the prices it charges companies like Apple, Microsoft and Nokia to compensate for the second pay raise for its workers. The unspecified charges, which would take effect this month, would keep Foxconn's profits up while hopefully improving the welfare of employees. Foxconn and its parent company Hon Hai didn't confirm the plans.

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Qualcomm may replace Infineon in iPhone 5 design

09/10, 3:05pm

Qualcomm rumored again in iPhone plans

Talk of Apple snapping up Qualcomm chipsets for future iPhones gained momentum on Friday with a claim in Taiwan's Commercial Times that Apple has ordered large amounts of Qualcomm chips. Besides accommodating a CDMA iPhone many expect would ship early next year, the order might also be used for the next-generation model. Apple is already believed to have started work on the next-generation model and should still use Foxconn (Hon Hai) as the manufacturer.

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Foxconn reduces overtime, boosts 'entertainment' for staff

08/20, 11:00am

Continues efforts to improve conditions

Taiwanese manufacturer Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, is now more directly addressing the problems with working conditions at its plants, a Wall Street Journal report suggests. The company has been accused of maintaining a sweatshop-like environment driving people to suicide, in which people work virtually non-stop for little pay. The new measures include a reduction in overtime hours, and an increase in "entertainment" time for staff.

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Firm to open 100 more Apple reselling outlets in China

06/14, 3:25pm

May be significant aid to Apple's sales

A Taiwanese firm, Cheng Uei, is planning to engage in a substantial expansion of its Apple reselling chain into China, according to Bloomberg. The company is primarily a component manufacturer, and in fact supplies parts for the iPhone amongst other devices. It also runs 20 Studio A reselling stores in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and says that over the course of the next three years, it intends to found 100 more stores, including ones in mainland China.

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Foxconn raises employee pay by 30 percent

06/02, 3:45pm

No word on working hours

As of June 1st, Foxconn has raised the pay for all of its Chinese production workers by 30 percent, according to parent company Hon Hai. Foxconn last week said that it would be raising pay by an average of 20 percent, but this drew fire from labor activists, who argued that it would not have much impact. The company is a major manufacturer, with clients including Apple, Dell, Sony, Motorola and HP; it has drawn fire for harsh working conditions however, believed to be a factor in 10 suicides that have occurred in a matter of months.

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Apple to direct subsidies to Foxconn workers

05/31, 1:30pm

Said to stem from internal investigation

Apple is planning to redistribute some of its product profits back to Foxconn workers, claims a Chinese news site. Foxconn is one of principal manufacturers of Apple hardware, but has been accused of maintaining sweatshop-like conditions, with low pay and mandatory overtime, including hours so long that workers only have time to sleep and eat outside of their shifts. At least nine Foxconn workers have successfully killed themselves in recent months.

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Foxconn may raise wages, denies suicides as impetus

05/27, 1:30pm

Foxconn says wage raise not connected to suicides

A spokesperson for Hon Hai Precision Industry, otherwise known by the Foxconn trade name, says the company is considering increasing wages for its laborers. This is not due to the recent employee suicides, however, the spokesperson said in a Thursday report. At its Shenzhen plant, Foxconn employs more than 400,000 staffers and the raise consideration is related to a short supply of workers in the area, according to the contract device maker.

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