iPhone production in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou is reportedly still “proceeding well,” even though lockdowns and restrictions are being imposed in the area. That assurance comes from managers at Foxconn quoted by Henan Daily (via Bloomberg).
Zhengzhou is following the lead of Shanghai in imposing new restrictions in the area, as residents have seen lockdowns and been subject to mass COVID-19 testing. However, Foxconn’s massive “iPhone City” assembly plant is seeing only limited disruptions.
“Production at the Foxconn campus is proceeding well with some 200,000 workers,” the newspaper said, citing Foxconn managers within the compound. The Taiwanese company is cooperating with local government and putting measures in place to ensure worker safety. “The supply lines haven’t been affected by Covid.”
Some areas in the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone have been placed under quarantine effective immediately, and people in the area must remain in their homes and are not allowed to leave them.
China has been using rolling lockdowns in its attempt to curb the spread of the virus, and those lockdowns could impact Apple’s manufacturing schedules. While no iPhone or iPad shortages have been experienced, there have been delays in MacBook deliveries. Production has also been halted at plants run by Apple suppliers Quanta and Pegatron in eastern China, also due to Covid restrictions.
Foxconn was in March forced to suspend production for several days at its Shenzhen facilities as a city-wide lockdown prevented residents from leaving their homes. However, they were able to resume operations as employees lived and worked at the plant in a bubble-type environment.