Apple supplier Foxconn puts Zhengzhou workers on leave due to heavy floods

July 22, 2021 3:25 am

Foxconn has given tens of thousands of workers a day off at two of its three major factories in Zhengzhou, due to the catastrophic flooding in central Henan province.

Details: The heavy rain has caused some Foxconn plants in Zhengzhou to halt production on Wednesday. Tens of thousands of workers at two Foxconn facilities in the city were told not to show up to work, but largest plant remained open, according to South China Morning Post.

In a statement on Wednesday, Foxconn said it was “closely monitoring the situation” and that its largest facility had seen “no direct impact”. Employees at that plant still needed to show up to work. 

The combined workforce of Foxconn's Zhengzhou facilities exceeds 250,000, and has occasionally exceeded 300,000.

The Apple supplier said that the rainfall has not caused "direct impact" on its facility that reportedly makes half of the iPhones worldwide. 

Other manufacturers in the city were also affected. Nissan Motor, which produces Qashqai SUVs and X-jun pickup trucks in Zhengzhou, said that production was temporarily suspended due to the flood, but declined to provide details on production.

Context: The heaviest rainfall in history in central China led to widespread flooding, sweeping away cars and people, causing power outages and suspension of rail services and flights.

In response to the government’s call for action, big techs, including Alibaba and Tencent, have rushed to announce donations amounting to a total of nearly 1 billion yuan (US$154 million) to flood relief efforts in Henan.