Number of iPhone spare parts are manufactured in Asia, but the health situation that is currently upsetting the continent is seriously compromising these operations. Indeed, factories of key subcontractors such as Quanta or Compal have been forced by local authorities to stop their activities in an attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus which appeared at the end of 2019.
Some renowned analysts therefore wonder about Apple’s ability to cope with this mishap, which could cost it up to ten million mobiles delivered late. But recent news straight from specialized magazines tend to calm things down, suggesting that events are still partly under control.
Numbers doubled in Tamil Nadu
At Foxconn, in particular, the Indian logistics circuits are in full expansion. On site are assembled the iPhone SE, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 13. Gold, according to The Economic Times, the group would aim to double the number of employees officiating in Chennai. This is where one of its main buildings is located, more precisely in the neighboring town of Sriperumbudur.
The most picky will remember, however, that a case of food poisoning had affected the premises which house the employees in question. But for the peninsula newspaper, these addresses are already seeing their doors reopen. So much so that two-thirds of the workforce have returned, the file having to be closed definitively with 100% of teams relocated by early May.
The worst is avoided in China
On the other side of the Himalayas, Hon Hai would have moreover succeeded in escaping the limitations put in place by the government to reduce the scope of contamination. This time it’s Debby Wu from Bloomberg who reports the information, ensuring that the strict confinement started in Zhengzhou would not have affected the firm of Terry Gou whose 200,000 contract workers are still cooking.
The capital of Henan, with its more than ten million inhabitants according to official data, had experienced record flooding last July. At least 300 people had lost their lives there, the media around the world relaying the catastrophic images of the subway under water.