Foxconn slated to open up shop in Indonesia

Apple's primary iPhone and iPad manufacturer confirms that it is opening a factory and investing at least $1 billion in the island nation.

A worker at a supplier facility in Chengdu, China. Apple

Indonesia is the next country on Foxconn's list to get a tech-manufacturing factory. According to The Next Web, the company has confirmed it will invest at least $1 billion in opening a factory on the island nation and it could invest up to $9 billion more.

Foxconn is one of Apple's primary manufacturers and has plants in China and Brazil where it makes iPhone smartphones and iPad tablets. According to The Next Web, Indonesia's government is hoping that Foxconn's proposed factory will spur more tech companies to build factories there creating a Southeast Asian tech hub.

"Foxconn is looking for 1,000 hectares of land. They are planning to build some sort of Silicon Valley here in Indonesia," industry minister M.S. Hidayat told the Jakarta Post.

Foxconn's allegedly poor treatment of its factory workers have made news headlines over the past year. Foxconn's troubles with workers prompted Apple to bring in the Fair Labor Association to audit the manufacturer's facilities earlier this year. The FLA found a host of issues with working conditions, including excess overtime and low wages. Foxconn agreed with the FLA to reduce hours and increase pay for its employees.

Foxconn has said that the initial factory could create as many as 1 million jobs in Indonesia. The Next Web reports that the government and the company are set to iron out the details at Foxconn's headquarters in Taiwan in the coming months.

About the author

Dara Kerr, a freelance journalist based in the Bay Area, is fascinated by robots, supercomputers and Internet memes. When not writing about technology and modernity, she likes to travel to far-off countries.

 

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