Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (trading as Foxconn) is the world's biggest maker of electronic components. Its clients include the world's best known electronics and information technology companies, and products manufactured at its plants include iPads, iPhones, iPods for Apple, Kindles for Amazon, PlayStations for Sony and Xboxes for Microsoft. 

Foxconn to invest up to US$1 billion in Indonesia

Foxconn employ one million workers on the mainland. Photo: AP

Taiwan technology giant Foxconn group has signed a letter of intent to invest up to US$1 billion in Indonesia as the world's largest contract electronics maker seeks to diversify production away from the mainland, company officials said yesterday.

Monday, 10 February, 2014, 5:21am

Foxconn in talks with US states over factory plans

Foxconn in talks with US states over factory plans

Foxconn Technology Group, the maker of Apple's iPhones and iPads, is in talks with several US states to build advanced facilities as part of plans to set up factories closer to its clients.

29 Jan 2014 - 5:02am

Former Foxconn executive detained in bribery investigation

Former Foxconn executive detained in bribery investigation

Three other ex-Foxconn employees, accused of taking bribes, were released on bail, while a middleman was also detained, said Chang Chieh-chin, the head prosecutor at the Taipei District Prosecutor's Office.

24 Jan 2014 - 3:36am 2 comments

Hon Hai pivots to America after China problems

Hon Hai pivots to America after China problems

Hon Hai Precision, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, will expand advanced manufacturing in the United States despite high costs after more than three years of labour problems on the mainland followed by pressure from clients and incentives from local governments in the US.

2 Jan 2014 - 1:59am 1 comment

Foxconn in wearable technology push

Foxconn in wearable technology push

Foxconn Technology, the maker of Apple iPhones and iPads, is launching an investment fund to finance start-ups developing new kinds of wearable computers, according to two people familiar with the project.

12 Dec 2013 - 4:46pm

Hon Hai seen on right track with strategic shift

Apple chief Tim Cook in full sales pitch at a product launch last month, but device maker Hon Hai Precision Industry sees its future higher up the value chain. Photo: AFP

Hon Hai Precision Industry's decision to move away from major client Apple and the lower-value electronics contract manufacturing business is a long-term bet that will improve margins and offset rising labour costs, analysts say.

14 Nov 2013 - 2:20pm

University students 'forced to work at iPhone maker Foxconn'

A worker leaves a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. Photo: Reuters

Last year, labour rights activists shamed Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, into admitting it had employed students forced into internships by their universities in its manufacturing plants. A report by the Beijing Times on Thursday indicates that little has changed since. The report documented how some 1,000 engineering students were sent by their university in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, to Foxconn Technology Group's Yantai factory some 1,300 kilometres east in Shandong province for mandatory work.

11 Oct 2013 - 2:09pm

Foxconn branches out beyond Apple in troubled solar industry

Foxconn could become as big a player in the global solar supply chain as it is in smartphones and computer. Photo: Reuters

Foxconn Technology Group, best known for assembling Apple’s iPhones, will decide by year-end whether to branch off into unconventional new territory: making solar panels in China.

14 Aug 2013 - 10:10am

Foxconn firm forecast to retain lion's share of Apple supply contracts

Hon Hai Precision Industry has 1 million workers at its mainland plants. Photo: Reuters

Hon Hai Precision Industry, the world's biggest electronics manufacturing services provider, is predicted to remain the largest supplier to Apple, despite recent efforts by the American technology giant to diversify its production base.

9 Jul 2013 - 5:22am 2 comments

Loading up on hours suits many workers

For unskilled workers, poor alternatives away from the factories mean a steady job at an assembly line remains attractive. Photo: Xinhua

A report by the Fair Labour Association, which looked into practices at Foxconn Technology Group, said the manufacturer was facing challenges in adapting its work arrangements to the shorter hours required under labour laws.

31 May 2013 - 3:49am

Foxconn investors look to bright side with stock surge

Employees work at a Foxconn factory in Wuhan, Hubei province. Photo: Reuters

One negative for Foxconn is that Apple is shifting orders for its cheaper iPhones from Hon Hai to another Taiwanese manufacturer, Pegatron. Hon Hai now makes nearly all the iPads and iPhones.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Foxconn's factories struggling to comply with labour laws

Foxconn workers in Shenzhen. Photo: Reuters

Foxconn Technology Group, maker of Apple iPhones and iPads, is struggling to comply with mainland labour laws on shorter working hours, according to a report by the Fair Labour Association.

18 May 2013 - 5:19am

China news in brief, 1 May, 2013

A young man walking past a Foxconn recruitment point in Shenzhen. Photo: AFP

Two commit suicide at Foxconn, report says

1 May 2013 - 2:41am

Labour chase takes inland turn

Former workers' permits are seen at a personnel department at the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen. Photo: Reuters

Foxconn Technology Group and other electronics makers are saving little in wages by opening plants in inland China and are making the move because of labour shortages in traditional manufacturing hubs, according to Bloomberg Industries.

5 Mar 2013 - 5:28am

No buzz for Suning, Germany's Metro

A customer looks at television sets in a branch store of retail giant Suning in Chengdu. Photo: Xinhua

Anyone thinking of getting into China's consumer electronics retailing market might want to think again, following the latest downbeat news from homegrown giant Suning and a joint venture involving Germany's Metro Group.

28 Feb 2013 - 11:20am