China Denies Blocking Apple Supplier Foxconn From Resuming Production

China Denies Blocking Apple Supplier Foxconn From Resuming Production
China Denies Blocking Apple Supplier Foxconn From Resuming Production

Foxconn said that operation schedules would follow the recommendations of local governments

HIGHLIGHTS
  • China reportedly blocked the restart of Foxconn plants
  • Chinese authorities said they have not blocked Foxconn
  • They said reports were untrue and they were still conducting checks

Local Chinese authorities have not blocked Apple supplier Foxconn from resuming production amid a coronavirus outbreak, they said in a statement on Sunday, denying an earlier report in the Nikkei Business Daily. The Nikkei, citing four people familiar with the matter, said on Saturday that public health experts had carried out inspections at Foxconn’s factories and told the company that there was a “high risk of coronavirus infection” at the facilities, making them unsuitable for a production restart.

Shenzhen’s Longhua district, where Foxconn’s largest factory is located, said in a statement on its official WeChat account on Sunday that those reports were untrue and that it was still conducting checks, adding that the company would restart production once inspections were completed.

It said it had received proposals from three Foxconn subsidiaries on February 6 detailing how the Taipei-headquartered firm, which makes smartphones for Apple and other brands, planned to put in place epidemic prevention and control measures.

The thousands of workers that work in Foxconn’s factories will need to wear masks, undergo temperature checks, and adhere to a dining system considered safe, it said in the statement.

“We will announce to the public the company’s production resumption situation in a timely manner,” it added.