Things just cant get any better for Foxconn in China. According to MIC, a riot breaking out at Foxconn’s Taiyuan plant, the main location where 57 million units of iPhone 5 need to built for each year. 2,000 workers were involved in the mass brawl at the factory, and 5,000 police officers were called. But the most terrible thing is that at least one iPhone 5 production line got damaged.
Foxconn has a plant in Taiyuan, which is the largest city in Shanxi province. The factory is in the middle of the city, employs roughly 79,000 people and makes products for a variety of companies. This particular factory specializes in assembly of manufactured components and stamping of metal. And what makes this incident special is last March and April, the very same factory went on strike.
According to MIC's sources, a security guards hit a Foxconn female worker coursed the riot directly. They have said it is a dispute between “workers” that started between 10-11pm on September 23rd. However it rapidly escalated from there.
Around midnight the various arms of the Chinese police showed up, ending up at about 5,000 or so by 3 a.m. when the factory was under control. According to the speaking of people at the scene, cellphones were being confiscated and erased and many people have been arrested. The official number is around 100 arrested an about 40 people are in hospital now.
To complicate things, as is standard with all Apple contractors who produce the products, Apple has its own employees in the factory this event happened also. They are usually involved with quality control and assigned to improve efficiency. At this factory, below 100,000 workers but above 50,000 workers 4 would have been present. Where they are is unknown at this time.
Things is wose than we thought, amy has entered the factory. If the assembly line has been damaged, it could mean iPhone 5 shortfalls for even longer. This is bad news for Apple fans. Below are more photos showing the police forces who were called in to break up the fight and keep everything under control till the next day.
The factory has announced to be locked down for 2 to 3 days while everything is investigated and damage is assessed.
Hope everything we go well soon. We will keep you updated with the event.