Now this may in large part just be a blatant attempt to curry favour with a client, but Foxconn boss Terry Gou has promised that the next-generation Apple iPhone 5 is going to be more than a match for Samsung's Galaxy S III.
It's according to Focus Taiwan - which was carrying quotes from the China Times - in which Gou has gone on the record to say his company's new alliance with Sharp would come out on top over the South Koreans within five years.
Gou seems to have a bit of a grudge against Samsung, and so it's little surprise that with Foxconn such an integral part of the iPhone manufacturing machine, he would find it too difficult to resist commenting on its prospects against the Galaxy S III, widely recognised as the leading opposition force to Apple's handset.
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, the company that trades as Foxconn, has agreed an alliance with Japanese electronics giant Sharp to improve Hon Hai's competitiveness in the display business. It has acquired a 10% stake in the Japanese firm for $800m US, in so doing becoming its biggest shareholder, while Gou himself has invested roughly the same amount for a 46.5% share in Sharp's Sakai-based 10th-generation LCD panel plant.
However, Gou's desire to topple Samsung is more than just business-related, it's clearly personal. According to the China Times, it's Gou's life goal to come out against what he describes as "a company with a track record of snitching on its competitors".
That's referring to Samsung's testimony against four Taiwanese companies in an investigation by the European Commission on price-fixing in the flat panel industry back in 2010 - after Samsung itself had been exempted from investigation for being a "tainted witness".
Gou's animosity apparently runs so deep, his anger is directed not only at Samsung but all South Koreans in general. "I respect the Japanese and especially like their execution and communication styles," Gou said of Sharp. "Unlike the Koreans, they will not hit you from behind."