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Foxconn expanding by 5 factories to bump Apple production

Foxconn expanding by 5 factories to bump Apple production

The folks at Foxconn have announced plans to expand their production of Apple products by five factories soon, each of them in Brazil. These extra factories will allow them to cater to demand for both iPhones and iPads, but mostly the latter, and will be combining to up their annual run rate by 400 million units within five years. São Paulo's Secretary of Planning and Development of the State, Julio Semeghini, released this information saying that the five factories will be staffing right around 1,000 workers each.

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Apple at vanguard of consumer electronics labor accusations

Apple at vanguard of consumer electronics labor accusations

Apple's production practices have come under renewed scrutiny this week, amid claims that the company knowingly overlooked continued labor abuses in Chinese factories as it benefited from low manufacturing costs. A controversial piece by the NYTimes cites several sources at Foxconn and from Apple itself, with suggestions that the Cupertino firm "never cared about anything other than increasing product quality and decreasing production cost" despite its high-profile responsibility report. However, criticism of the report has flourished, suggesting it unfairly targets Apple when most consumer electronics companies outsource production in the same way.

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Microsoft investigates Foxconn plant worker protest

Microsoft investigates Foxconn plant worker protest

Earlier in the week, we talked about workers at a Foxconn plant in China that threatened to kill themselves by jumping off the roof over a compensation dispute. The original report was that there were 300 workers involved. According to PC World, there were only 150 involved in the protest. Microsoft has investigated since the protest was at its Xbox 360 production facility.

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300 angry Foxconn workers in China threaten suicide over pay

300 angry Foxconn workers in China threaten suicide over pay

Foxconn has been under intense scrutiny in the past after workers committed suicide by jumping from the top of the factory. Allegations have included long working hours and little pay. According to an anti-government website in China, 300 workers at a Foxconn factory at Foxconn Technology Park in Wuhan threatened to jump from the top of the building.

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10-inch Kindle Fire production by holiday season tip insiders

10-inch Kindle Fire production by holiday season tip insiders

Amazon's 10.1-inch Kindle Fire tablet is expected to hit production before the end of the year, with shipments potentially in time for the 2011 holiday sales season, according to the latest rumors. Although the larger Kindle tablet was initially tipped for release in early 2012, DigiTimes' sources reckon Amazon is pushing ahead with a more aggressive timescale for the Foxconn-produced 10-incher.

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Brazilian iPad production readies for December shipments

Brazilian iPad production readies for December shipments

iPad production in Foxconn's Brazilian production facility will see shipments beginning in December, according to science and technology minister Aolizio Mercadante, with the extra supplies expected to see the Apple slate come down in price. "At first many doubted, but it will be the first time that the company will produce iPads outside Chinese territory" Mercadante told press this week, Computerworld Brazil reports, going on to suggest that "we are taking a big step towards digital inclusion in the country."

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