Chinese government blocks Foxconn’s plan to restart iPhone production

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Its Shanghai facility, despite resuming operations on February 3, saw only about 90 percent of its workers return.

Taiwan's Foxconn was not allowed to resume production in its plant in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen that had been shut due to the coronavirus outbreak, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters today.

One market research firm, TrendForce, said it was slashing its forecast on iPhone production in the first quarter by 10 percent, or 4.5 million units. According to the company, though, it resumed production on devices last week and operations are now running normally.

Foxconn, the world's biggest iPhone assembler, was supposed to resume production on Monday. After reviewing the factories, Chinese health authorities have informed Foxconn that there are high risks of coronavirus infection and therefore are not suitable to restart work.

The contracted manufacturer, which manufactures devices for global suppliers, is in talks to resume production at key plants, including Shenzhen and Kunshan, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and therefore refused to be identified.

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The factories in Zhengzhou and Shenzhen are the main plants involved in iPhone assembly.

The outbreak could severely impact the iPhone 9 launch The aforementioned Shenzhen and Zhengzhou factories make up the bulk of Foxconn's iPhone production lines and are responsible for a massive chunk of Apple's global iPhone supply. Production at Foxconn facilities will restart when inspections have been completed, and Foxconn has submitted proposals for coronavirus prevention that include temperature controls, which require employees to wear masks and implement a safe dining system.

Foxconn shares fell as much as 2.4 percent in Monday trade, lagging a 0.3 percent decline in the broader market.

Travel restrictions in the country are preventing workers from getting too factories to resume work and stock of components needed by Foxconn to resume iPhone production are in limited supply due to China's widespread industrial shutdown.

Like other companies, Foxconn responded to the outbreak by closing most of its operations during the Lunar New Year break - one of China's biggest holidays.

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