Tag Archives: Apple

System Failure

Apple is front and center today saying the death of a 15-year-old worker at one of its subcontractors was not the result of conditions at the Pegatron factory in Shanghai. The teenager died of pneumonia, according to news reports. He … Continue reading

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Poison Apple?

Move over, Foxconn. First Pegatron and now Jabil have joined you on the Apple-watcher hit list. In June, the New York-based employee rights group known as China Labor Watch singled out three Pegatron sites for worker abuse. The alleged violations … Continue reading

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Believing Foxconn Means Suspending Belief

The Foxconn makeover is in full swing, with the latest this piece from the New York Times that supposes that the world’s largest ODM is worried that Apple — yes, Apple — might be bringing it down. When Apple was … Continue reading

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Headline Humor

“Foxconn Has No Plans To Make Apple Products in New Indonesia Factory” – Tech in Asia, April 30, 2013 “Foxconn to Expand to Indonesia to Make Up for Apple Shortfall” – VR-Zone, April 30, 2013

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Broken Signal

Lots of mainstream media hand-wringing over reports that Apple has returned a large number (5 million? 800 million? a gazillion?) iPhones to Foxconn for repairs. Two things are on display here. One, that calling the companies involved for clarification or … Continue reading

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Slowdown at Foxconn

Could PCs do what the rest of the EMS industry could not — derail the Foxconn train? Over the past decade, Foxconn has been practically unstoppable. Not a backlash against China, outrage over dozens of worker suicides, at least two … Continue reading

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Apple Supply Chain Takes a Green Arrow

Interestingly, nearly half of Apple’s suppliers that underwent a focused environmental audit last year violated the company’s standards. Those who violated standards were cited in China’s Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) pollution database. The IPE was founded by environmentalist Ma … Continue reading

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Smoke and Mirrors?

Apple has cut ties with Guangdong Real Faith PZ Electron on the grounds that it was using scores of underage workers. So while noting that this is a step in the right direction, is it cynical to suggest that Apple’s decision … Continue reading

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Onshoring

Onshoring has become the word of the moment, the expression of hope, the exposure of wishful thinking to those who try to intepret relatively small onshoring activities as major moves for job and economic recovery. Flextronics CEO Mike McNamara pointed … Continue reading

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Foxconn Moves Intriguing

There is a lot of speculation regarding Apple’s stated intent to build a manufacturing site in the US. This is not a major move. Only 200 jobs will be created. I cannot help but wonder if this is related to … Continue reading

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