Friday's explosion at the Foxconn iPad 2 plant might affect Apple's tablet production, after all

Friday's explosion at the Foxconn iPad 2 plant might affect Apple's tablet production, after all
The explosion Friday at an iPad 2 Foxconn plant in Chengdu City, Western China, killed 3 people and injured 15 more. Initial investigation pinned the culprit to accumulation of highly-flammable dust in the polishing shop dust collector. We'd just add that the plant seems to have been built in around 70 days total, a breakneck pace for even Chinese manufacturing capacity standards.

Local government has provided all sorts of incentives for the $2 billion factory, and now is arguably taken over from Foxconn to deal with the tragedy aftermath. There is a roadblock third of a mile around the factory, reporters' cameras are being confiscated, and the explosion doesn't make the news at the local newspapers.

Investment bank Morgan Stanley issues a note this morning that while the plant is responsible for less than 30% of the iPad 2 total production capacity, the steady supply of Apple's second generation tablet might be affected, after all, pending the investigation at the factory's A5 building unit, where the explosion occurred. Apple already issued a statement expressing condolensces at the victims' families, and saying that the investigation what lead to the blast in its assemblyman Foxconn's plant, is in full swing.

source: FocusTaiwan & M.I.C.Gadget

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7 Comments

1. android_hitman unregistered

close Foxconn they reinvented slavery

2. cheetah2k

Posts: 2146; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Nah, that wouldn't be in the best interest of the Apple share holders......

4. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

and nokia amazon intel dell sony and all the other people who use foxconn...

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

and this is the problem when idiots care more about their stupid electronics than human lives. A factory built in 70 days?? really??? and then they wonder when things go wrong. There was also a report that the factory workers were complaining of lack of ventillation which let the aluminum dust or build up in the air.. which caused the explosion when mixed with other air chemical pollutants. If they made anything I bought at that plant, I would stop buying their products. This makes over 20 deaths at the hands of apple/foxconn in what.. a year?? do ANY of you ibots care? feel responcible? ready to switch to a more responcible company?

5. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

bro, i totally agree with you. but seriously, you gotta learn how to spell "responsible". Wrong spellings really bother me unless it's a slang :p

6. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Secret meth lab. They put it in all apple tabs so people get addicted for no reason. Just a thought.

7. pi911 unregistered

People die and all you care about are your gadgets?!?!?! This just means that less babies will grow up without depth perception thanks to their parents who were told that iPads are better for learning 3D manipulation skills than wooden blocks.

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