Manufacturing of the Apple iPhone 12 at a Foxconn manufacturing facility in India has slumped by greater than 50 p.c as a result of staff contaminated with COVID-19 have needed to go away their posts, two sources informed Reuters.
Tamil Nadu is likely one of the worst hit states within the second coronavirus wave engulfing India. Officers imposed a full lockdown within the state from Monday, closing public transport and shuttering retailers, to attempt sluggish surging infections.
Greater than 100 Foxconn staff within the state have examined constructive for COVID-19 and the corporate has enforced a no-entry ban at its manufacturing facility within the capital of Chennai till late Could, one of many sources stated.
“Staff are solely allowed to go away however to not enter the power since yesterday,” the individual stated. “Solely a small a part of output is being stored.”
Greater than 50 p.c of the plant’s capability had been reduce, each sources stated, declining to be named as they weren’t authorised to talk to the media.
They didn’t specify the plant’s capability and it was unclear what number of staff have been on the facility, which gives dormitory lodging for workers.
Taipei-based Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics maker and a serious provider to Apple, stated a small variety of staff at one in every of its services in India examined constructive for COVID-19 and the corporate was offering them with assist, together with medical help.
“Foxconn locations the well being and security of our staff as our highest precedence and that’s the reason we’ve got been working carefully with native authorities and public well being authorities in India to handle the challenges that we and all corporations are dealing with in coping with the COVID-19 disaster,” it stated in a press release to Reuters.
Foxconn declined to touch upon manufacturing facility output or particular staffing ranges. Apple didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Foxconn’s shares fell as a lot as 6.2 p.c after the Reuters report. The inventory closed down 5.31 p.c, outpacing a 3.eight p.c fall within the broader market on considerations about rising COVID-19 instances in Taiwan.
India has benefited from Apple’s transfer to shift some areas of manufacturing from China to different markets because it navigates a commerce warfare between Washington and Beijing, with Apple asserting in March it had began the meeting of the iPhone 12 in India.
Whereas Apple’s share of the funds phone-dominated India market is small, CEO Tim Cook stated in January that India enterprise doubled within the December quarter in comparison with the earlier yr, helped by a web based retailer launch.
Foxconn equally stated robust smartphone gross sales contributed to a stronger-than-expected efficiency within the fourth quarter amid the work-from-home development.
Market analysis agency Canalys stated that development in India prolonged by means of the primary quarter, with Apple delivery greater than one million iPhone gadgets. Demand for the iPhone 12 was supported by native meeting and engaging finance gives, Canalys stated.
Nevertheless, the outlook has been dimmed by the coronavirus disaster engulfing India, the place COVID-19 instances and deaths have surged at a report tempo in latest weeks. The nation has recorded round 22.66 million infections and greater than 246,000 deaths, with consultants saying the true figures might be far larger.
Foxconn isn’t the one producer affected. Nokia and Chinese language smartphone maker OPPO final yr suspended manufacturing at factories in India after staff examined constructive for COVID-19.
Taipei-based tech analysis agency TrendForce on Monday trimmed its international smartphone manufacturing development forecast to eight.5 p.c from 9.four p.c, citing the coronavirus influence in India on main distributors together with Samsung and Apple.
“Smartphone manufacturers are due to this fact anticipated to carefully monitor their inventories of entire gadgets and modify their subsequent manufacturing plans accordingly,” TrendForce stated in a report, including it might revise the forecast decrease nonetheless if the outbreak continues to hit native manufacturing and gross sales within the second quarter.
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