The Taiwanese supplier and contract manufacturer Foxconn has to postpone Monday's resumption of production in China: Chinese authorities have banned this because of concern for the corona virus.
The group, which also operates as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., became according to Nikkei informed about it by public health experts in Shenzhen. According to the information, the authorities in the factories, following on-site inspections, have identified a high risk of coronavirus infection for the workers. Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory has also canceled plans to resume work. The associated Innolux factory in Shenzhen, which manufactures for Foxconn displays, also remains closed.
Airflow as a risk of infection
According to Nikkei, the health risks are due to the poor airflow in workers' accommodation and canteens. In addition, the central air conditioning system poses an even higher risk in the production environment, as it emerges from a memo.
Foxconn is the most important contract manufacturer for Apple's iPhone, but the company also produces other products such as Huawei smartphones or Amazon's echo speakers. Many large electronics companies use parts from the supplier Foxconn. The company originally planned to resume production on February 10 after an extended Chinese New Year holiday. According to Nikkei, the factories will not resume operations until the local government approves them.
Other companies had also partially closed locations due to the Corona virus. For example, Apple had announced that it would close its own stores in China as a precautionary measure until February 9th. According to Bloomberg, the Apple Stores are only now to be launched again on February 15th open their gates.