Foxconn building manufacturing plants in US

Summary:Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant, which produces various high-tech devices including Apple iPhone and Amazon Kindle, is evaluating Detroit and Los Angeles, among other cities, as potential sites.

U.S. cities including Detroit and Los Angeles are currently under assessment by Foxconn as potential manufacturing sites, according to Sina News.

However, as the production of Apple products is "very complex", market watchers expect the new plants in the U.S. to only manufacture LCD televisions--the production process of which is highly automated and relatively simple, the report noted.

Terry Guo, president of Foxconn Technology, said the Taiwanese manufacturing company will carry out training programs for engineers in the Unites States, who also will be sent to the Chinese mainland or Taiwan to participate in product design and manufacturing processes.

This training program will provide a Chinese language environment for these engineers, according to Guo, who added having first-hand learning experience at the Chinese manufacturing bases will be helpful when they return to the United States.

Guo earlier this week also said buoyant iPhone 5 demand had put Foxconn in a spot. The complex techniques of producing the new smartphone had affected assemble speeds, making it the "most difficult device ever to assemble", said an unnamed executive from Foxconn. 

Admitting it was difficult to keep up with demand, Guo declined to comment if he had plans for Foxconn International to also manufacture the iPhone 5.  This business unit currently does not make Apple products, manufacturing instead for other major clients Nokia, Motorola, and HTC.

Foxconn International's share price surged over 30 percent this week after market rumors suggested this unit of Foxconn Technology was going to make iPhone 5.

Topics: Hardware, Amazon, Apple, China, iPhone, Tech Industry

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