Tragedy hit a Foxconn factory in China (the company produces Apple’s iPad, iPhone, etc.) last week when an explosion killed 3 and injured more than a dozen others. The company as well as Apple are investigating the cause of the explosion, but Foxconn has officially told China Times that the tragedy will not delay iPad 2 and related item releases slated (unofficially) for this September.
This is not surprising since Foxconn has several facilities throughout China and employs over a million people, so the factory affected may or may not have been integral in production of the iPad 2 or the upcoming iPhone.
Background on the factory itself is sketchy, but shows that the explosion was apparently in a “polishing shop” and not a main production floor. The factory itself was built in record time and is capable of producing around 40 million iPads per year. Teh factory itself was built in Chungdu, the capital of a province where most of the young people who were migrating to other areas of China (including the much-maligned Shenzhen) came from.
The location is meant to keep suicides and defections of factory workers at a minimum, since they will be working and housed close to home and thus able to see family and friends – a problematic topic in Chinese factories where most workers leave home and go long distances to cities in order to find factory work.