Apple’s primary iPhone assembly partner Foxconn says it has resumed production at its manufacturing plant in Shenzhen, China. The move comes on the heels of the partial lifting of the city-wide lockdown that came into effect on Monday.
The Taiwanese company told Reuters that some production and operations have been restarted at its Shenzhen campus after it met government conditions for staff to live and work in bubble arrangements and using a “closed-loop management” system.
“Some operations have been able to restart and some production is being carried out,” Foxconn said in a statement, adding that the system at its Shenzhen facilities subjected employees living there to the required health measures.
“This process, which can only be done on campuses that include both employee housing and production facilities, adheres to strict industry guidelines and close-loop management policies issued by the Shenzhen government,” it added.
The exact Apple products that are produced at Foxconn’s two Shenzhen plants are not known. However, Foxconn is the largest maker of the iPhone.
Foxconn on Wednesday said that 2022 would be “challenging” for its supply chain, forecasting an up to 3% fall in revenue for the year – its first annual sales decline in six years.