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Foxconn Invests $200 Million In GoPro

December 23rd, 2012 12:43 admin View Comments

Businesses

MojoKid writes “The initial wearable cameras [GoPro founder Nick] Woodman created to capture action shots as they happened used 35mm film, but his company’s cameras have evolved into highly durable, HD vid-cams that are sought after by amateurs and extreme sports stars alike. It turns out Foxconn digs what GoPro has designed as well. The giant Taiwanese manufacturer just bought a significant stake in Woodman Labs, making Nick Woodman a billionaire in the processes. Taiwan-headquartered electronics manufacturer Foxconn (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.), purchased an 8.88% stake in Woodman Labs for $200 million, valuing the San Mateo, Calif. company at $2.25 billion.”

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Foxconn Begins To Assemble Its Robot Army

November 13th, 2012 11:13 admin View Comments

China

kkleiner writes “Foxconn, the Chinese electronics manufacturer that builds numerous mobile devices and gaming consoles, previously said the company would be aiming to replace 1 million Foxconn workers with robots within 3 years. It appears as if Foxconn has started the ball in motion. Since the announcement, a first batch of 10,000 robots — aptly named Foxbots — appear to have made their way into at least one factory, and by the end of 2012, another 20,000 more will be installed”

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Foxconn Denies Plans For New US Operations

November 9th, 2012 11:12 admin View Comments

China

pigrabbitbear writes with an update to the story, based on a DigiTimes report, that iPhone maker Foxconn would be opening a new factory in the U.S. “Foxconn makes a lot of stuff, but as it’s one of Apple primary manufacturing partners, lots of people jumped to the salacious conclusion that a U.S.-based Foxconn factory could finally produce an American-made iPhone. Foxconn denied the DigiTimes report today. A company spokeswoman told CNET that the company actually ‘already has multiple facilities based in the U.S.’ but that ‘there are no current plans to expand our operations there at this time.’ Foxconn doesn’t make iPhones in the existing U.S. factories, and they don’t plan to.”

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Foxconn Sees New Source of Cheap Labor: The United States

November 8th, 2012 11:10 admin View Comments

China

hackingbear writes “Foxconn is planning to build manufacturing plants in the U.S., probably in cites such as Detroit and Los Angeles. ‘Since the manufacturing of Apple’s products is rather complicated, the market watchers expect the rumored plants to focus on LCD TV production, which can be highly automated and easier.’ Foxconn chairman Terry Guo, at a recent public event, noted that the company is planning a training program for US-based engineers, bringing them to Taiwan or China to learn the processes of product design and manufacturing.”

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Nintendo Investigating Underage Workers At Foxconn

October 18th, 2012 10:57 admin View Comments

China

itwbennett writes “Earlier this week, Foxconn revealed that an internal investigation had turned up workers as young as 14 toiling at its factory in Yantai, China. Now Nintendo, whose products are manufactured at that factory, is also investigating Foxconn’s labor sourcing.”

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Foxconn Thinks the iPhone 5 Is a Pain

October 17th, 2012 10:46 admin View Comments

China

pigrabbitbear writes “China’s largest electronics manufacturer, the already-loathed Foxconn, is now taking the fall for the iPhone 5 shortage that’s annoyed consumers and worried investors in recent weeks. What’s the holdup? They don’t have enough parts? They’re training new line workers? They’re too busy trying to regain control of their factories after employees started rioting? Nah. According to the company, the iPhone 5 is just a huge pain to put together. That bit about the riots is a little bit true, too, though.”

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Foxconn Workers On Strike Over iPhone 5 Production

October 5th, 2012 10:25 admin View Comments

China

itwbennett writes “That army of robotic assembly line workers we mentioned yesterday apparently can’t get started soon enough. As many as 3,000-4,000 workers are on strike at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory, upset at stricter quality control requirements with the iPhone 5 and having to work through a national holiday this week. ‘According to workers, multiple iPhone 5 production lines from various factory buildings were in a state of paralysis for the entire day,’ China Labor Watch said. Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo are both blocking searches in Chinese for ‘Foxconn strikes.’”

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Will Your Next iPhone Be Built By Robots?

October 4th, 2012 10:01 admin View Comments

China

itwbennett writes “Foxconn has ambitious plans to deploy a million-robot army on its assembly lines. But while robots already perform some basic tasks, when it comes to the more delicate assembly work, humans still have the edge. George Zhang, senior principal scientist with ABB, a major vendor of industrial robots, thinks Foxconn will eventually replace human workers for much of its electronic assembly, but probably not in time for the iPhone 6. For now, humans are still a cheaper and more practical choice.”

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Riot Breaks Out At Foxconn

September 23rd, 2012 09:05 admin View Comments

China

Presto Vivace writes with news (as reported by Engadget) of a riot at Foxconn’s Taiyuan plant, reportedly over guards beating up a worker, and writes “Something is going on at Foxconn. Do any Slashdotters know of a good source for news about Chinese labor disputes?” Reports of the riot are also at Reuters, TUAW, and CNBC, to name a few.

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Foxconn Says Vocational Students Aren’t Being ‘Forced’ To Work

September 12th, 2012 09:03 admin View Comments

China

jones_supa writes “Foxconn has responded to the criticism regarding Chinese internship students being forced to work for them. In a statement to Washington Post, Foxconn said that its ‘short-term internship program’ is in line with Chinese labor laws and that interns comprise 2.7% of its labor force in China. Schools, not Foxconn, recruit students into the programs, the company said, and the programs are supervised by local government authorities and teachers assigned to monitor the students’ work. Foxconn has also set up a hotline for interns and outlined procedures that allow them to resign from the program.” Related, an anonymous reader pointed at an undercover report on working conditions at Foxconn.

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