Production at Foxconn’s iPhone plant in China’s Zhengzhou city has nearly returned to full capacity, with December exports reaching approximately 90% of initial plans, the local official Henan Daily reported on Tuesday.
Late last year, the largest iPhone manufacturing facility in the world was hit hard by a Covid-19 outbreak and the subsequent restrictions put in place to control the virus. It was also affected by a period of employee unrest over payment concerns.
According to Henan Daily, citing Foxconn executive Vic Wang, the plant in Zhengzhou, central China, is presently running with approximately 200,000 employees, which is about the normal workforce level based on earlier reports.
People with direct knowledge of the matter said that manufacturing was nearly back to normal, but company officials remained cautious about the prospects due to an increase in Covid-19 cases across China.
“We expect a peak for cases before or after the Lunar New Year holiday,” they said, referring to the week-long break that starts on Jan 21. “We don’t know if that will cause any issues.”