Excessive demand for iPhone display panels forces Foxconn to invest $2.6 billion into new plant
The plant will be built by Innolux Corp., which is one of the larger LCD display manufacturers in Taiwan and is owned by no other than Foxconn itself, and will provide 2,300 people with jobs. Allegedly, the installation of the equipment has already begun and the plant is scheduled to become operational by the end of 2015. The plant will be situated in Kaohsiung Science park camps in the Southern part of Taiwan. It is speculated that Innolux itself is the entity that manufactures the 4.7-inch LCD displays for the Apple iPhone 6.
The news about Foxconn's investment comes in line with the reports that Apple wants to further increase the supply of iPhone 6 units, which have been basking in an unprecedented, record-breaking global demand for its latest crop of smartphones. In order to make sure that one of its largest supplier will cope with the required yield, Cupertino is rumored to be paying Foxconn 20% more than usual.
It seems that there's little to no trouble in paradise for Apple and its suppliers for the time being.