M.I.C gadget reported late last week that the new Foxconn manufacturing facility in Chengdu, China has experienced an explosion in building A5, which reportedly housed iPad 2 production. More importantly, two have been reported killed, with sixteen others injured, three of which are in critical condition. Soon after the story broke, All Things Digital recieved […]
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Foxconn iPad Plant Damaged in Explosion, Two Killed, More Injured

foxconnLogo.jpgM.I.C gadget reported late last week that the new Foxconn manufacturing facility in Chengdu, China has experienced an explosion in building A5, which reportedly housed iPad 2 production. More importantly, two have been reported killed, with sixteen others injured, three of which are in critical condition.

Soon after the story broke, All Things Digital recieved a statement issued by Apple. In short, Apple is working with Foxconn to determine the cause of the explosion, while offering their sympathies to those affected.
Here’s a quote from the report:

“We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Foxconn’s plant in Chengdu, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” Apple said in a statement provided to AllThingsD. “We are working closely with Foxconn to understand what caused this terrible event.”

Apple declined to say what the impact to production might be, or comment beyond the statement.

The tragedy of the deaths at the plant must of course, be handled first. But, from a business point of view, I would wager Apple is pulling their hair out at the moment. iPad 2 production has already been tight, especially in the wake of the tragedy in Japan, which knocked several component suppliers offline. All they need now, is another tragedy like this to complicate things.

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