Duncan DeAeth, reporting for The Taiwan News:
Chinese authorities in Zhengzhou on Wednesday (Nov. 2) placed the
world’s largest iPhone assembly site, run by Taiwan’s Foxconn, on
lockdown in response to a local COVID outbreak.
The move to quarantine the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone follows
reports that employees have been fleeing to escape the restrictive
environment over the past few days. Placing the factory under a
“static management” policy, a euphemism for total lockdown, also
comes a day after reports that Foxconn plans to decrease
production at the facility over the coming months.
China ordered an industrial park that houses an iPhone factory
belonging to Foxconn to enter a seven-day lockdown on Wednesday,
in a move set to intensify pressure on the Apple supplier as it
scrambles to quell worker discontent at the base. The Zhengzhou
Airport Economy Zone in central China said it would impose “silent
management” measures with immediate effect, including barring all
residents from going out and only allowing approved vehicles on
roads within that area.
I don’t have much to say about this other than that it feels like a situation worth keeping an eye on.
★ Wednesday, 2 November 2022