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Foxconn in the Hen House?

At the risk of beating the drum once too often, I again call your attention to the ever-more-grandiose “plans” bandied about regarding Foxconn. The latest: A $7 billion investment into US electronics manufacturing that would lead to thousands of new jobs. … Continue reading

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Apple to US a Supply Chain Hurdle

It was, to paraphrase Homer, the headline that launched a thousand blogs: “Apple Could Make iPhones in US in Future: Sources.” Cue all the breathless op-eds. It won’t happen. Not because Apple doesn’t care about the US. And not because … Continue reading

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As We Were Saying

And in today’s headlines from India: “Foxconn Likely to Shy Away from $5 bn Investment in Maharashtra“: “Although the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer — which makes Apple’s iPhone and iPad — had entered into a pact with the state … Continue reading

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Foxconn India: Still a Pipe Dream

It’s been a year (more actually) since India announced — to great fanfare — a memorandum of understanding with Foxconn to invest $5 billion over the next five years in the nation. For India, it seemed like a marriage made in heaven: the … Continue reading

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Foxconn Can’t Say ‘No’ to Nokia

Mar. 30, 2016: Foxconn buys Sharp. May 19, 2016: Foxconn buys Nokia. As we were saying …

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OEM/EMS Barrier Permanently Cut

For years we’ve been told that EMS companies are in the service business only and would never develop their own products. In one of the first interviews I did, back in late 1991, then IPC director Tony Hilvers — a … Continue reading

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Surprised, Part II

Headline: “Indian Officials Questioning Foxconn Investment Plans” Surprised? (I’m not.)

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Foxconn Labor Strategy Emblematic of China’s Growing Influence

A pair of University of Padua researchers have written a really interesting comparison of Foxconn’s management practices in Turkey and the Czech Republic versus those in China. Among the findings: Foxconn relies heavily on a temporary work staff in the CR, … Continue reading

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Investment Promises Don’t Add Up

My latest editorial considers the disconnect between reports of future investments Foxconn and what actually comes to pass. Too often, the astronomical sums reported don’t ever turn into real new employment.

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What Apple’s Latest Supplier Audit Says About Apple

Apple’s annual supplier audit was released today and sure enough critics on both sides are already picking through the core and going at it over whether the company is doing enough to ensure the safety and compensation of the hundreds of … Continue reading

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