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  1.    #1  
    Hi all, breaking news more soon, take care, Jay


    Blast at Foxconn Plant Linked to iPad Kills 2: Report

    By REUTERS, May 20, 2011, (Reporting by Poornima Gupta; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/...gewanted=print

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A large explosion rocked a Foxconn factory in southwestern China that local media have linked to Apple iPad 2 production, killing at least two people, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    The Taiwanese company, Apple Inc's main contract manufacturer for gadgets from the popular tablet to the iPhone, operates the plant in a high-tech industrial zone west of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, the Journal said.

    An Apple spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

    Two were killed and 16 injured by the explosion, but the government has ruled out foul play, the newspaper cited the Chengdu government as saying in a statement.

    Foxconn, the world's largest contract manufacturer and an affiliate of Taiwan's Hon Hai, made headlines last year after reports emerged about poor working conditions at factories in southern China, which critics say may have helped drive several employees to suicide.

    The company has pledged to improve employee welfare.

    According to the Journal, the factory in Chengdu had some responsibility for making the iPad 2, Apple's latest version of the dominant tablet computer on the market.

    Shares of Apple were down 0.8 percent at $337.70 in early afternoon trading.
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    #2  
    Very sad news to hear, really feel bad.
    A gadget is never equal to a person life.
  3. #3  
    As if those people didn't already have enough hardship. That's really horrible. Wonder what caused the blast ... do they also manufacture the iPad's Li-Ion batteries there? Those are pretty potent and can be a disaster if mishandled.
  4. #4  
    i read somewhere (engadget i believe) that lightning struck the building and authorities were calling it a dust explosion...

    edit: here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/3w7jjbb
  5.    #5  
    Hi,

    It' a horrible story.

    From what I have read working conditions there are not great, plus all of the dangerousness chemicals.

    I know a firm here in the USA who deals with dangerous chemicals that can spontaneous combust....they have safety and fire drills several times a week....recently there was a fire where an employee was very severely burned from spontaneous combustion.

    He ran for help while on fire right toward the flammable chemicals...luckily the coworkers were able to use a window pole, (In older loft buildings and old schools in NYC they used to use very long poles to open/close lock/unlock very tall or high windows), they used the pole to forced him into the safety showers and prevented him from going into the most dangerous portion of the factory.

    He was baldy burned, however the quick thinking of his co workers prevented a major explosion. No matter how many safety drills they have, when disaster strikes, people don't always react they way they are trained to...

    Take care,

    Jay

    These kinds of accidents can happen very quickly, plus I have no idea what safety conditions and laws are there....but I assume they are much stricter here....
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    Hi all,

    Here is a little more info.

    Take care,

    Jay

    Apple, Foxconn Review China Factory Explosion

    By REUTERS, May 20, 2011, (Reporting by Poornima Gupta; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Richard Chang)

    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/...gewanted=print

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Friday it was working with Foxconn, its main contract producer for gadgets, to understand the cause of an explosion at a factory in China that local media have linked to the technology giant's iPad 2 production.

    A large explosion rocked the Taiwanese company's plant in a high-tech industrial zone west of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, killing at least two people, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said the company was assessing the situation.

    "We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at the Foxconn plant in Chengdu and our hearts go out to the victims and their families," he said. "We are working closely with Foxconn to understand what caused this terrible event."

    Two people were killed and 16 injured by the explosion, but the government has ruled out foul play, the Journal cited the Chengdu government as saying in a statement.

    Foxconn, the world's largest contract manufacturer and an affiliate of Taiwan's Hon Hai, made headlines last year after reports emerged about poor working conditions at factories in southern China, which critics say may have helped drive several employees to suicide.

    The company has pledged to improve employee welfare.

    According to the Journal, the factory in Chengdu had some responsibility for making the iPad 2, Apple's latest version of the dominant tablet computer on the market.

    Shares of Apple closed down 1.56 percent at $335.22 on Nasdaq.
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    Hi all,

    here's the latest I found on the explosion, please see both articles, (second one is a video link as well).

    Take care,

    Jay


    Apple Probes Blast at Chinese Plant Linked to iPad
    By REUTERS, May 20, 2011, (Additional reporting by Clare Jim in Taipei; Editing by Edwin Chan, Lisa Von Ahn, Richard Chang and Andre Grenon; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/...gewanted=print

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc is investigating an explosion that killed two people, injured 16 and forced a production halt at a Foxconn International Holdings Ltd factory in China said to produce the popular iPad 2.

    Foxconn, part of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industries group and Apple's main manufacturing partner, said in a statement the explosion happened at about 7 pm local time (7 a.m. ET) on May 20.

    "Production has been suspended at the site of the explosion until the completion of the investigation," Foxconn said in a statement.

    "The safety of our employees is our highest priority and we will do whatever is required to determine and address the cause of this tragic accident."

    It did not name the affected plant or say what it made, but China's official Xinhua News Agency said it was the Hongfujin Precision Electronics plant in a high-tech industrial zone west of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

    Hon Hai spokesman Edmund Ding said the company is still evaluating losses. He could not say whether group founder and chairman Terry Gou had gone to the site.

    IPAD AFFECTED

    Apple shares closed down 1.56 percent at $335.22 on the Nasdaq, which saw a broad sell-off on euro-zone debt worries.

    The explosion could affect the supply of iPads and investors were watching closely. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said the company was assessing the situation.

    "We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at the Foxconn plant in Chengdu and our hearts go out to the victims and their families," he said. "We are working closely with Foxconn to understand what caused this terrible event."

    Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White said the factory makes a lot of iPads because some production had been shifted to the facility from factories in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

    Apple's iPad 2 commands 80 percent of the burgeoning tablet market in which Motorola Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd also compete.

    Apple sold 4.69 million iPads last quarter and is scrambling to meet staggering demand for the mobile device, but is heavily backlogged. Executives had expected production to ramp up during the present quarter to meet demand.

    The plant explosion is the latest setback for Foxconn, the world's largest contract manufacturer.

    The company made headlines last year after reports emerged about poor working conditions at factories in southern China, which critics say may have helped drive several employees to suicide.

    The company pledged to improve employee welfare.

    Facing higher wages in the southern China manufacturing belt, the scene of labor disputes last year, some Taiwanese manufacturers have opted to shift some operations to the country's interior, where costs are lower.

    Foxconn also has plants in North America and Mexico, as well as in European countries, including Slovakia and Poland.


    Second article:


    Two dead, 16 injured in Foxconn plant explosion

    Two dead, 16 injured in Foxconn plant explosion

    English.news.cn 2011-05-21 15:24:05

    BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Two people have been killed and 16 others injured after an explosion hit a Foxconn plant in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province.

    The blast occurred Friday evening at a workshop in Hongfujin Precision Electronics Company, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group. The 16 injured workers were rushed to hospital where three of them were being treated for serious wounds. An officer with the city's public security bureau says the cause of the explosion remains under investigation.Meanwhile, the company has promised a whole-check to ensure safety.

    Foxconn, the world's largest electronics contractor, opened the 2-billion-U.S.-dollar Chengdu plant in October last year to manufacture laptop computers.
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    Hi all.

    I'm sad that so many were injured or killed...but here is some more info. Please see the link for more info.

    Take care,

    Jay


    iPhone 5 release date delay, iPad 2 freeze: Foxconn factory fire

    By Richi Jennings. May 21, 2011, 7:56 A.M.

    iPhone 5 release date delay, iPad 2 freeze: Foxconn factory fire - Computerworld Blogs

    Two people were killed and 16 injured, 3 seriously.
    ****

    Updated: After Friday's fatal explosion and fire at a Foxconn manufacturing plant, Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5 release date may be in trouble. The tragic incident could delay the new iconic smartphone. It'll certainly have a chilling effect on iPad 2 production. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers fear for Chengdu assembly-line workers.
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    Hi all,

    Sadly another person died at the Foxconn explosion. My thoughts are with their family.

    Take care,

    Jay



    Foxconn Confirms 3rd Death at Plant Linked to iPad

    By REUTERS,May 22, 2011

    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/...gewanted=print

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Foxconn Technology Co Ltd on Sunday confirmed that a third person has died following a large explosion at a plant in southwestern China on Friday that local media have linked to production of Apple's iPad 2.

    The Taiwanese company, Apple Inc's main contract manufacturer for gadgets from the popular tablet to the iPhone, operates the plant in Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan province.

    A task force led by government officials and law enforcement said preliminary findings point to an explosion of combustible dust in a duct at a polishing workshop at the plant, Foxconn said.

    The company also said that all operations at that workshop remain suspended and production at all workshops doing similar work is also suspended. All other production operations at its facilities in China are running as usual, it added.

    An Apple spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

    In addition to the three deaths, 15 employees were hurt. Of those six, have been treated and released from hospital, Foxconn said.

    Foxconn, the world's largest contract manufacturer, is an affiliate of Taiwan's Hon Hai
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  10. #10  
    I'm either waiting for iPad 3 or getting a used iPad 2 next year. I'm a bit superstitious(yeah don't ask lol) and this seems like bad karma. I think Foxconn people are being overworked because of high demand, and now this and some other incidents.
    HP has officially ruined it's own platform and kicked webOS loyalists and early TouchPad adopters to the curb. You think after you drop it like a hot potato and mention it made no money and is costing you money, anyone else wants it??? Way to go HP!!

    And some people are fools to keep believing their hype. HP has shown they will throw webOS under the bus and people are still having faith in them??? News flash: if it's own company won't stand behind it, it's finished!
  11.    #11  
    Quote Originally Posted by The Phone Diva View Post
    I think Foxconn people are being overworked because of high demand, and now this and some other incidents.

    Dear Ms. Diva,

    I agree with you 100%!

    Here is more info below about how they are shifting where in China they manufacture products to save on labor costs. China isn't known for having a well paid workforce to begin with!

    Terry Gou, chairman of Taiwan-based Foxconn, has been shifting production to Chengdu and other interior cities in China such as Wuhan and Chongqing, where labor is about a third cheaper than in the country’s south. The electronics maker has raised wages for workers in Shenzhen after a spate of employee suicides last year.

    Take care,

    Jay

    Foxconn, IPhone Maker, Faces Limited Impact From China Fire, Analysts Say

    By Chinmei Sung - May 22, 2011

    Foxconn, IPhone Maker, Faces Limited Impact From China Fire, Analysts Say - Bloomberg

    Foxconn Technology Group, maker of Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhones and iPads, should have limited impact from an explosion at the Chengdu plant in southwest China’s Sichuan province, as the base isn’t a main site, analysts said.

    Foxconn makes most of the iPhones and iPads at its base in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, Vincent Chen, head of Greater China technology research at Yuanta Securities Co., and Macquarie Group Ltd. analyst Daniel Chang said by phone from Taipei on May 21.

    “The Chengdu plant is primarily for computer assembly and the iPad assembly is being pilot run,” Chen said. “Foxconn is a very professional manufacturer and is very experienced in making adjustment in times of crisis, and the impact should be very minimal.”

    Terry Gou, chairman of Taiwan-based Foxconn, has been shifting production to Chengdu and other interior cities in China such as Wuhan and Chongqing, where labor is about a third cheaper than in the country’s south. The electronics maker has raised wages for workers in Shenzhen after a spate of employee suicides last year.

    Three people were killed and 15 injured in the blast that occurred at about 7 p.m. local time on May 20. Of the injured, six were treated at a local hospital and released, the company said in an e-mail. The fire triggered by the blast was later extinguished, Edmund Ding, a company spokesman, said by phone. He declined to say what products the factory makes or estimate any financial loss related to the accident. Initial findings show the accident was caused by an explosion of combustible dust within a duct at the facility, the statement said.

    Opened in October
    The $2 billion laptop plant where the explosion took place opened in October, Xinhua reported May 20.

    Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the flagship of the Foxconn Group, fell 1 percent to NT$103 at the close of May 20 in Taipei trading before the incident. Apple Inc. dropped 1.6 percent in New York on May 20.

    The affected plant makes Apple’s iPad 2 tablet computers, the Economic Observer said on its website on May 20, citing unidentified company workers. Gou flew to Chengdu, the Beijing- based newspaper said, citing unidentified company employees.

    Production has been suspended at the site of the explosion until the completion of an investigation, Foxconn said in an e- mailed statement May 21.

    The stoppage shouldn’t cause any production disruption, Macquarie’s Chang said, as iPads and iPhones are mostly made in Shenzhen.

    “We are working closely with Foxconn at this point to understand what caused this terrible event,” Steve Dowling, a spokesman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, said in a phone interview. “We are deeply saddened by the tragedy.”

    Dowling declined to comment on any possible supply disruptions, referring questions to Foxconn.

    Police in Chengdu said they concluded preliminarily that the explosion, in a polishing workshop, wasn’t intentionally caused, China News Service said.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Chinmei Sung in Taipei at csung4@bloomberg.net.

    To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net
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  12.    #12  
    Hi everyone,

    Here is another update. Please use the link to read the rest of the article.

    Take care,

    Jay

    Foxconn explosion: Apple iPad supply impact unclear, dangers of combustible dust
    By Larry Dignan | May 23, 2011, 7:28am PDT

    Foxconn explosion: Apple iPad supply impact unclear, dangers of combustible dust | ZDNet

    An explosion at a Hon Hai plant on Friday killed three and may impact Apple iPad supplies, according to analysts.

    The Hon Hai—also known as Foxconn—explosion was at a plant that builds iPads for Apple. Analysts have been handicapping the impact on Apple’s supply chain and thus far it’s unclear. Short-term there’s likely to be little impact. In the long run, however, regulation may force plant changes as Hon Hai retools and cleans up its operations.
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