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Foxconn Invests $210 Million To Build New Production Line For Apple 178

redletterdave writes "On Monday, Foxconn agreed to invest $210 million to help Apple build out a new production line for 'unspecified components.' The 40,000-square-meter plant plans to hire roughly 35,800 new employees to help assemble parts for either desktop and laptop computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods, or possibly even new products or devices. Apple projects the plant's annual output between $949 million to $1.1 billion, and also estimates the import and export value at roughly $55.8 million."
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Foxconn Invests $210 Million To Build New Production Line For Apple

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  • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Monday May 21, 2012 @06:13PM (#40070363)

    I buy locally (or at least nationally) produced products when possible.

    With electronics, that's pretty much NOT possible, with some small exceptions.

    At least with Apple, they are making some efforts for transparency, and improvement in the conditions of factory workers. Currently there is NO other major electronics consumer that I have the same degree of assurances from, not within an order of magnitude...

    To that end, I have stopped buying NON-Apple products when possible. Normally in the past I bought non-appel wireless routers, because cheap.

    But the last time I went looking I bought an Airport because I knew the chances of the people who assembled it being treated better were higher.

  • In the USA? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by mspohr ( 589790 ) on Monday May 21, 2012 @07:34PM (#40071145)

    I'll go out on a limb and hazard a guess that this plant is not in the USA and won't provide any jobs in the USA.
    Too bad that one of America's top companies outsources most of its production. Their profit margins could support USA jobs.

  • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Monday May 21, 2012 @08:33PM (#40071607)

    Oh please STOP with the typical fanboi elevating yourself on a lofty pedestal

    I'm not elevating myself. I'm showing others how they can climb.

    I don't own one single Apple product

    And some decide to stay in the gutter. That is your choice, but don't pretend you are better than me because of it.

    If I'm completely honest, I actually don't care very much because ultimately this is about capitalism and supply and demand

    That's fine, but again don't label me with a term like "fanboi" because I seek to become a little more enlightened.

    And if they don't like those conditions then they can go through the same processes as happened in Europe and the USA around a century ago when workers formed unions and fought for proper employment rights and better pay.

    And get shot and/or fired and replaced by the MILLIONS of other people who would literally kill for those jobs.

    I respect a free market myself, and they do have the ability to leave any time if they don't like the conditions. But that doesn't mean it's not better to throw a little support behind those that try to help the workers even before they make moves to help themselves. You are waiting for some event that may never come, living high atop the conditions of the moment until that happens.

    I choose to make things better in whatever way is possible NOW, so that change may come gradually and peacefully instead of rapidly and with destruction and mayhem as the mother.

  • by Taco Cowboy ( 5327 ) on Monday May 21, 2012 @08:34PM (#40071619) Journal

    Too bad that one of America's top companies outsources most of its production

    Well ... there is one very simple way of stop companies from outsourcing anything - work in America while accepting Chinese wages

    Are you willing to work in America while receiving wages equal to what the Chinese workers are receiving?

  • by artor3 ( 1344997 ) on Monday May 21, 2012 @08:50PM (#40071713)

    There's another way. Stop this suicidal race to the bottom. It would be nice if we had CEOs that weren't a bunch of Randist supermen, who might actually consider helping the society that let them reach their current heights. Since that doesn't seem likely to happen, I'd settle for raising their taxes. They always complain that increasing taxes will drive away the job creators. From where I sit, those people aren't creating any American jobs, so their argument falls flat.

  • Re:Conditions? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by adolf ( 21054 ) <> on Monday May 21, 2012 @09:25PM (#40071913) Journal

    Whatever the conditions in a Mexican factory might be, the workers are there by choice. Communism is dead in that country, and folks there aren't generally told what jobs they must do. It might have been different a long time ago (when I lived there as a kid, the mountain overlooking our house featured a giant hammer-and-sickle formed from boulders, which I'm told has since been destroyed).

    Life is full of choices. If I have the choice to buy products made in a country who has a history of treating their workers respectfully, I do so. Even little things: I like fasteners made by company called Spax, for instance. Their manufacturing happens either in Germany or not so far from me in Bryan, Ohio (also home of the Etch-a-Sketch), and either one is perfectly fine with me and -vastly- preferable over anything which might be Chinese in origin because I can be reasonably certain that their workers are well-paid.

    But given a choice between China and Mexico, I prefer Mexico, just because anything I can do to support my neighbors to the south is far preferable to supporting a country on the other side of the world. Put simply: I'd rather see Mexico's economy do well, than see China's do the same, since the former will have a greater positive influence on the economy of my own country.

    And it's just the neighborly thing to do.

  • by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968 AT gmail DOT com> on Monday May 21, 2012 @10:43PM (#40072409) Journal

    The problem with your argument is thus, Humans are NOT the ultimate resource but SMART humans ARE. the problem is the smart are NOT breeding in any real numbers while the dumb as fuck, barely able to count their change total retards are popping out kids by the pile. Hell didn't you see that story that went around last week about the guy that had THIRTY KIDS and wanted them to cut down his child support because he only makes minimum wage (and frankly always will) even though divided up among that many damned kids they each get on average $1.94 a month?

    Sadly what we are seeing is the simple fact that while a comedy Idiocracy is rapidly becoming reality. When you have someone with a 90 IQ frankly education will only go so far, because just as you can't train someone without the genetically gifted muscle type (lack of lactic acid buildup but off the top of my head i can't remember if there is a term for it) to be a world class or even state level sprinter you simply can't turn people with 80 to 90 IQ into rocket scientists, it simply can NOT be done.

    Whether you choose to believe it or not frankly a HELL of a lot of the work at the bottom of the ladder in the USA right now is simply "make work" that wouldn't be feasible if the government didn't pay for it by taking it out of your pocket. Walmart even shows a training video on how to apply for food stamps for Pete's sake! Do you HONESTLY think if those government programs disappeared tomorrow it would be cheaper for the stores like Walmart to pay a living wage than to simply automate?

    In the end we are playing IQ musical chairs and more and more simply will never get a seat. Most of the minimum wage jobs in the USA could be replaced by machines tomorrow if government programs didn't artificially tilt the favor for humans. Hell you could replace most fast food with automated assembly quite easily, stocking shelves with robots, self checkout lines, hell you could even replace most plumbers and electricians by just using prefabbed homes.

    Whether we like it or not the day is RAPIDLY approaching where capitalism, like every other ism before it, will simply fail. If the workers can't trade their labor for capital then how is capitalism gonna survive? We are already seeing the beginnings of it by how so few at the top can control so much of the capital while it becomes ever harder for those at the bottom to rise above anything but poverty because they simply can't get the capital required to advance from labor alone. Did you know you can put the ones that control over 80% of the capitol in your average HS gym and still have seats left over? This is a sign that the system is failing because otherwise those workers killing themselves daily would be able to work their way into that club but the majority just can't.

    In the end it just doesn't work friend, you have nearly half a billion people in the USA alone and with just current technology you could get by just fine without any real losses with just 1/5th of that number. Mark my words the next bubble to burst will be the education bubble as millions go into debt they will never be able to pay only to find that the jobs simply don't exist. With robots and computers frankly we just DO NOT NEED all of these people, so short of make work or handouts you are gonna have some major upheavals as all these unneeded people aren't simply gonna wander off and die, they WILL fight back any way they can. But in the end one simply can't escape the simple fact that we have millions more people than we have jobs that need doing.

If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.