Foxconn India iPhone plant to reopen on Wednesday: legislator

Foxconn India iPhone plant to reopen on Wednesday: legislator

Private security guards stand at the entrance to a closed plant of Foxconn India, which makes iPhones for Apple Inc, near Chennai, India, on December 22, 2021. REUTERS / Sudarshan Varadhan

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CHENNAI, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) vendor Foxconn (2317.TW) will reopen an iPhone manufacturing plant in South India on Wednesday with 500 workers, government officials and a legislator in the region. where the plant is located. he told Reuters.

The Foxconn plant, in the city of Sriperumbudur, near the Tamil Nadu state capital, Chennai, employed about 17,000 people, but closed on December 18 after protests by more than 250 of its workers who fell ill from food poisoning. read more

Apple has since put the factory on trial after finding that some bedrooms and dining rooms did not meet the required standards.

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

K Selvaperunthagai, a member of the area’s state assembly, said Tamil Nadu’s chief minister, MK Stalin, told the assembly late Friday that the plant would reopen on Wednesday with 500 workers.

Government officials have said Foxconn intended to gradually resume production, but have not said when the entire workforce would return to work.

Foxconn has been manufacturing the iPhone 12 and testing production of the iPhone 13 at the Sriperumbudur facility, its only plant in India, government officials said. Apple has eight other providers in India.

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Selvaperunthagai told Reuters the state government would build a shelter with the capacity to house tens of thousands of workers from various industries to address concerns about bedroom and dining room standards.

“The government is clear that it does not want such incidents to happen again,” he said.

Tamil Nadu, a state of more than 70 million people and one of the most industrialized in the country, is sometimes called the “Detroit of Asia.” It is home to factories for companies such as BMW, Daimler, Hyundai, Nissan, and Renault.

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Information from Sudarshan Varadhan; Edited by Christopher Cushing, Robert Birsel

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