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Apple Supplier Foxconn has their iPhone 14 Pro Plant in Zhengzhou China back to 90% Capacity After Tumultuous Q4

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It was reported last night that Foxconn Technology Group has brought the world’s largest iPhone plant to about 90% of anticipated peak capacity, suggesting Apple Inc.’s biggest main production partner has secured enough workers despite a COVID resurgence and recent staff upheaval.

According to Bloomberg, Foxconn’s plant in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou is now operating with roughly 200,000 staff, the official Henan Daily reported, citing Foxconn executive Vic Wang. That is about the normal staffing level, based on previous reports. As of Dec. 30, the plant was shipping at 90% of the peak capacity forecast at the start of last year, the representative said.

The factory’s speedy bounce-back bodes well for production of Apple’s marquee product in the run-up to the Lunar New Year shopping season. A nationwide COVID flare-up after Beijing abruptly dropped most COVID Zero-era curbs had clouded the prospects for manufacturers like Foxconn, which require armies of workers to keep factories humming.

Thousands of workers fled or staged protests against extreme COVID-19 curbs in November — a movement that reverberated across the country. Foxconn ended most of those restrictions last month and ramped up incentives for both new and existing employees. For more, read the full Bloomberg report.

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