Apple Supplier Says Major iPhone Factory Unaffected by Floods in China
The “iPhone city” of Zhengzhou in China’s central province of Henan was hit with heavy torrential rains on Tuesday, causing massive flooding in the region that has so far claimed 25 lives and displaced over 100,000 residents.
Apple supplier Foxconn says that its iPhone factory in Zhengzhou has not been affected by the floods — reports CNBC. Foxconn operates the largest iPhone assembly plant in the world out of the city.
Foxconn’s Zhengzhou facility is currently responsible for around 50% of global iPhone production, where it once accounted for over 70%. The assembly line can produce upwards of 500,000 iPhones per day, making Foxconn Apple’s largest supply partner. The plant has been hard at work getting this year’s iPhones ready for their September launch.
Foxconn “activated an emergency response plan for flood control measures in that location” to ensure that the iPhone factory’s operations would not be affected, the Apple supplier revealed to CNBC.
“We can confirm that there has been no direct impact on our facility in that location to date and we are closely monitoring the situation and will provide any updates as appropriate,” said a spokesperson for Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Chinese social media platform Weibo and said, “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the flooding across Henan province, and the first responders helping people to safety.” Cook also added that Apple will provide financial assistance to the relief effort, as it has done before.
According to the Henan province’s meteorological station, heavy rains will last until Wednesday evening.