A glimpse inside Foxconn's iPhone plant

Calling all factory nerds, especially those with a taste for Apple. Here's a rare video (below) taken inside Foxconn's newly constructed facility in Zhengshou, China, where iPhones are manufactured.

An image from a news video, taken inside Foxconn's plant in Zhengshou, China, where iPhones are made.
(Credit: iFeng)

The four minute video report, from news site iFeng, is in Chinese and without subtitles. The video offers little in the way of details about iPhone production or even working factories working conditions. But it does give you a good sense of the facility's scale and it's also exciting to see iPhones in the making.

In the video, an iFeng reporter is taken on a tour of the production line by Foxconn CEO Terry Gou. They start off on a helicopter ride, which shows off the factory's size from a bird's-eye view. The 5.6-square-kilometre plant is bigger than any other in Zhengzhou and has the largest living area for its 115,000 workers, according to The Next Web's translation of the report. In the video, according to the translation, Gou added that wasteland around the factory is being reserved for further expansion.

Once inside the facility, the video tour begins where iPhone 4S displays are made before they move onto motherboards. "The motherboard area produces 10,000 units a day," The Next Web translated from the video. They then step into a clean room where the cameras are assembled.

ABC's Nightline in February visited the Zhengshou plant, but its stories were less about the production itself and more about themes of overworked employees who complained of long hours, little overtime and poor living conditions.

In March, Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the Zhengshou facility, as the company grappled with criticism over its handling of working conditions in its supply chain.

In April, radio journalist Rob Schmitz, who exposed an Apple commentator's fabrications regarding the working conditions at a Chinese electronics factory, got access to a Foxconn factory floor, but it was at the Longhua facility in the city of Shenzhen, where Apple's iPad is produced.


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