TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A photo released by Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn shows operations at its Zhengzhou factory continuing as usual, despite the Chinese city’s current lockdown.
The entire Zhengzhou Airport Economic Zone, a manufacturing hub that includes a Foxconn iPhone factory, has been under a 14-day lockdown since Saturday April 16.
The image, released Monday, April 18, shows workers dressed in protective gear going about their tasks on the production line. On the same day, Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory vice president Wang Hsue (王雪) said operations were running as usual, with delivery, production and material sourcing all maintained.
“Our supply chain system has not been affected in any way,” Wang said in a Liberty Times financial report.
The statement comes after earlier reports that the lockdown could threaten Foxconn’s production lines due to the restriction of vehicles and people entering and leaving the closed area.
However, authorities are allowing some staff to pass through checkpoints if they present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours, provide an approved route through the contact tracing app and scan the necessary QR codes.
Zhengzhou Airport Economic Zone authorities have since set up a special “Foxconn Pandemic Control Office” to jointly coordinate necessary pandemic measures and minimize production disruptions at the plant. Hai Lang (海亮), a site manager, said a total of 88 testing stations and two vaccination centers have been set up at Foxconn facilities so employees can get tested and vaccinated. without leaving the premises.