Foxconn have announced that they will relocate a portion of its manufacturing facility following a number of suicides at its Chinese factory. According to My Sinchew, Foxconn have done this so that some of its workers can work closer to where they live. The electronics industry has been following the news closely, as consumer will not like the idea that those building our everyday electronics are committing suicide.
Some of the top brands such as Apple, Dell and HP all use Foxconn, and it is no secret that if this issue is not solved then the affects on the electronics industry could be very bad. It is alleged that these workers were not happy with their working conditions, which could have attributed to them taking their lives.
There have also been a number of protests after some were found to be poisoned at a Foxconn plant. This could not come at a worse time, Apple will be relying on Foxconn to build its new iPhone 4G – any such developments could cause a delay in shipping.
The same has to be said with Dell and HP, both have a number of new products coming to the market – they two will be keeping a close eye on the situation. We reported yesterday that both Apple and Dell released a statement over these suicides – it seems that they will now keep a closer eye on working conditions.
What do you think the outcome will be with the Foxconn situation?