Explosion at Foxconn plant in China may have hit iPad 2 production

An explosion has rocked the Foxconn factory in Chengdu City, western China, killing two employees and injuring 16. Apart from the human toll, DigiTimes is reporting that with the plant consisting of 52 production lines for the Apple iPad 2, it remains to be seen whether production of the Apple slate will be affected.

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crazyjoe  May. 22, 2011 at 20:18

So people die and the headline focuses on a possible hold up in production? You are disgusting ****.

Constantine  May. 22, 2011 at 21:41

Poor choice of headline. Very poor.

pastyboy211  May. 23, 2011 at 10:46

Tut Tut !

tooner  May. 23, 2011 at 12:46

Hope this doesn't slow up production too much.

JanSt / MOD  May. 23, 2011 at 15:57

I get where you are coming from, but this is a techie site.
We can debate ethics - what kind of gadget were you typing your comment on? That pc made in the UK by unionised, health-cared-for happy elves? I'm typing mine on a Nokia constructed in an Asian dicatorship.
Mobot has had articles about Foxconn's outrageous treatment of its 'workers'/wageslaves. Martin is not callous, but his quicknews article was just an update of events from Friday.

Still, I get your sentiment - I have days when I question my use of and support for the fruits from the sweatshop-tree, but that applies to everything we in the 'west' consume and toss out when we're bored.
I appreciate your point, and at least we can talk about it.
We have also discussed risks from EMR on this site - with participation from the editor... Many techsites won't even go there.
I tweeted about the explosion minutes after it happened, and the sad truth is that almost all mentions of the terrible event immediately focussed on the implications for Apple.
The same is of course true for the horror in Japan... It's hardly mentioned anymore now that iPad2 preorders have shipped ;)
Industrial 'accidents' and malpractice and human rights abuses kill hundreds every day. In a way, this Foxconn explosion - however tragic - is hardly 'exceptional'.
If at all, then a criticism regarding this news item would be: "why mention it at all"? The fact that the factory happens to make Apple parts is probably irrelevant. So, from a cynical techie site POV, the ONLY outstanding feature is the fact that this may affect Apple. Twisted? Yes. But we cannot post articles exclusively about the world's suffering. We could stop our crazy consumption on the hunt for 'new' and 'better'! We could support local workers and better wages and more expensive products.
I personally would prefer a human-rights label rather than a phony Eco-friendly stamp! That is just one example.
Apple get unprecedented discounts from Foxconn. The workers suffer not so we can live - like brave little soldiers. They suffer so Apple can accummulate record profits while distracting us with little trinkets from the &*^%$£"-ed up-ness of this world.
Is this the kind of info people visiting this site want?
Doubtful. A lot of us - head-bites-tale - actually need these trinkets. And if we need them, why not make the best of them? I frequently use my made-in-a-dictatorship Nokia to rant about the evil of this world - be it on twitter or here on mobot. Singling out one article with a flat-out 'disgusting' seems not satisfactory to me.

I can't really argue the fact that yes, things are *@#¿”₪ disgusting. But if this 3 day-after-the-event article is the worst you've read, I gotta say, I 'envy' you :(
Sad News.

JanSt / MOD  May. 23, 2011 at 21:36

An update: a Hongkong based advocacy group says the explosion was 'no accident' but rather the result of careless management http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385782,00.asp


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