Foxconn India iPhone plant will restart on January 12, government officials

Foxconn India iPhone plant will restart on January 12, government officials

Foxconn and Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple Inc provider Foxconn will reopen an iPhone producing facility in southern India on Wednesday with 500 specialists, government authorities and a legislator in the area where the plant is found told Reuters. The Foxconn plant, in the town of Sriperumbudur close to the Tamil Nadu state capital of Chennai, utilized around 17,000 individuals however was shut on December 18 after protests over 250 of its laborers who fell sick with food poisoning. Apple has since placed the factory on probation after discovering that some dormitories and dining rooms did not meet required standards.

K Selvaperunthagai, a member of the state assembly for the area, said the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin told the assembly late on Friday the plant would reopen on Wednesday with 500 workers.

Government officials have said Foxconn intended to resume production gradually but have not said when the full workforce would be back on the job. Foxconn has been making the iPhone 12 and testing production of the iPhone 13 at the Sriperumbudur facility, its only plant in India, government officials have said. Apple has eight other suppliers in India.

Selvaperunthagai told Reuters the state government would build a hostel facility with a capacity to house tens of thousands of workers from various industries to address the concerns about standards of dormitories and dining facilities. “The government is clear that they don’t want such incidents to happen again,” he said.

Tamil Nadu, a state of more than 70 million people and one of the country’s most industrialised, is sometimes called the “Detroit of Asia”. It is home to factories of companies including BMW, Daimler, Hyundai, Nissan and Renault.

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