Several employees at Foxconn India who built iPhones for Apple were in hospital on Saturday after contracting a food allergy, according to a source familiar with the situation. According to a second source, the food poisoning took place earlier this week in Foxconn residences, where most of the company employees live. Women are the largest group of Taiwanese workers. It was not immediately clear how many workers were seriously ill or whether the incident would disrupt production at the factory in Sriperumudur, which is located just outside the southern city of Chennai.
veral workers of a part of Foxconn India, which makes iPhones for Apple, were hospitalized on Saturday after a food poisoning, a source familiar with the matter. The food poisoning took place earlier this week in Foxconn residences, where most of its employees live, a second source said. Most of the Taiwanese factory workers are women. It was not immediately clear how many workers were seriously ill and whether the incident would disrupt production at the Sriperumudur plant, which is located just outside the southern city of Chennai.
“Workers were allowed to leave but not to enter the facility from yesterday,” the man said. “Only a small part of the production is maintained.” More than 50% of the plant’s power has been cut off, both sources said, declining to be named because they were not authorized to speak to reporters. They did not specify the plant capacity and did not take into account the number of workers in the plant, which provided accommodation for the workers.
Foxconn-based Taipei, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer and major supplier to Apple, said a small number of employees at one of its facilities in India tested positive for COVID-19 and the company the service provides them with support, including medical assistance.
“Foxconn places the health and safety of our employees as our highest priority and that is why we are working closely with local government and public health authorities in India to address the challenges of us and all companies. work is focused on dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, ”he said in a statement to Reuters.
India has been able to move Apple to shift some of its manufacturing environments from China to other markets as it navigates the trade war between Washington and Beijing, with Apple announcing in March that it has launched the iPhone 12 assembly at India.
While Apple’s share of the budget phone-dominated Indian market is small, said CEO Tim Cook in January that India’s business doubled in December quarter compared to the previous year, helped by an online store launch.Foxconn similarly said strong smartphone sales contributed to a stronger-than-expected performance in the fourth quarter among work-to-industry.Canalys research firm says growth in India is accelerating by the first quarter, with Apple shipping more than one million iPhones. Demand for the iPhone 12 is supported by a local conference and impressive budget offers, Canalys said.
However, the horn has been weakened by the coronavirus crisis plaguing India, where COVID-19 cases and deaths have hit a record high in recent weeks. The country has recorded around 22.66 million infections and more than 246,000 deaths, with experts saying the figures could be higher. Foxconn is not the only manufacturer. Nokia and Kannada smartphone maker OPPO last year suspended production in factories in India after workers tested positive for COVID-19.