Take a Video Tour of Foxconn’s Apple iPad Factory

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MarketPlace has posted a video tour of one of Foxconn’s factories that makes iPads for Apple. The tour was filmed by Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz, who was granted access to the factory as part of a series of reports on working conditions. It includes scenes from the assembly line and other facilities in the factory complex.

Foxconn Video Tour

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In a written report, Mr. Schmitz said about his tour that, “The first misconception I had about Foxconn’s Longhua facility in the city of Shenzhen was that I’ve always called it a ‘factory’—technically, it is. But after you enter the gates and walk around, you quickly realize that it’s also a city — 240,000 people work here. Nearly 50,000 of them live on campus in shared dorm rooms.”

MarketPlace claims Mr. Schmitz is only the second reporter to gain access to Apple’s outsourced manufacturing facilities, the first being an NBC Nightline report broadcast in February. MarketPlace, an American Public Radio show, also broadcast an audio report on the Foxconn factory, including a transcript of the report.

The video:

MarketPlace Video Tour of Foxconn iPad Factory

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Comments

ctopher

If you’re in the business of making electronic products, then these factory videos and pictures are very familiar. From the uniforms to the benches with the conveyor belt in the middle, it’s pretty much the same all over.

It has always been the case that electronic products are assembled by hand. Not the components on the boards, those are now done by very cool “pick and place” machines, but the assembly of the boards into the case is all done by hand. In fact, because labor is so inexpensive, many tasks that could be automated are done by hand because its more cost effective and the factory needs to keep it’s people busy. Not all electronic assembly places have standing orders that keep them busy with 2 or 3 shifts like Foxconn’s Apple lines. Many wish for such business.

And the work follows the price of stable, semi-skilled labor. I remember when “Made in Japan” meant cheap!

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