Few people here in the West had even heard of Foxconn before the iPhone came along, but for one reason or another the last five years has made the company that makes Apple's most recognisable product a household name in its own right the world over.
But while Apple remains the manufacturer's biggest client, it's by no means the only one, and the hot news today is that Amazon has tasked it to build its own stab at smartphone immortality.
Rumours of an Amazon smartphone are nothing new – we were already hearing talk of a “family” of Android devices 18 months ago, before the first-gen Kindle Fire tablet was even announced. Foxconn's name has come up before now too, having been linked with the rumours as far back as July.
But now the Taiwan Economic News has some specifics: it claims Foxconn has exclusive rights to build the Amazon smartphone, with an initial order for five million units having been placed.
The piece goes on to say the handset will be officially unveiled somewhere in Q2 or Q3 next year, so from the start of March to the end of September, which isn't really narrowing things down all that much.
But that's probably more to do with Amazon wanting to get the timing of the launch right, rather than genuinely not being sure when its first stab at the smartphone market will be ready.
Sadly, it's likely that every one of those five million units will be headed for the US, considering the UK missed out on the original Kindle Fire altogether, and only got into the act when the second-generation Amazon slate hit the ground over the summer.
Hopefully the groundwork done in setting up Amazon's mobile ecosystem internationally for the Kindle Fire's rollout should simplify the job of launching a smaller-screened mobile sibling internationally, but only time will tell.