Two of Apple’s Chinese manufacturing partners are reported to by skipping the traditional work stoppage during the important Chinese New Year, in an attempt to meet the continuing high demand for both the iPhone 5 and iPad mini.
Details regarding the work schedule change are scarce, but Taiwan’s United Daily News (via Brightwire) claims that Hon Hai Precision Industries and Flexium Interconnect will keep certain production lines open during the Chinese New Year to keep up with demand for Apple’s newest iDevices. For 2013, China’s most important holiday will start on Feb. 10.
The report says that Foxconn will be operating a number of iPhone and iPad mini assembly lines, while Flexium will staff its factory in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province with “a large number” of trained student workers.
If the reports are true, they will mirror a 2011 decision by Apple partner Pegatron, which was reported to have offered employees triple pay to work over the holiday. No word if Foxconn and Flexium have made similar offers to their employees.