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Apple CEO Tim Cook recently took some time to tour a Foxconn manufacturing plant during a visit to China. The new installation in Zhengzhou, China was build specifically to manufacture iPhones, reports Bloomberg.
The Foxconn Zhengzhou Technology Park employs 120,000 people according to Apple spokesperson Carolyn Wu. Cook is in China after holding what was described as “high level” talks in Beijing earlier in the week, likely regarding Apple’s further expansion in the country and the next iPhone. He was reportedly seen visiting an Apple Store in Beijing earlier this week as well. It’s unclear how long he will be in the region or the nature of any other visits.
Although the representative didn’t provide any details about Cook’s visit to the facility, it’s a safe bet that he’s touring the factory on the heels of negative press regarding working conditions at Foxconn. Apple recently voluntarily joined the Fair Labor Association (the first technology company to do so) which conducted audits of several factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu.
Initial findings suggested that Foxconn plant conditions are above average and that boredom and alienation were perhaps the biggest issues to be concerned with. Just days after that report, Foxconn announced they were raising wages by 16 to 25 percent. An entry level position now pays 1,800 Yuan ($285) per month while workers who have completed technical exams can earn up to 2,200 Yuan ($349) each month.
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