Foxconn India iPhone plant to resume on Wednesday

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) provider Foxconn (2317.TW) will resume an iPhone manufacturing facility in southern India on Wednesday, government authorities and a lawmaker in the region where the plant is found told Reuters.

The Foxconn plant, in the town of Sriperumbudur close to the Tamil Nadu state capital of Chennai, employed around 17,000 individuals however was shut on Dec. 18 after fights more than 250 of its laborers who fell debilitated with food poisoning.

K Selvaperunthagai, a member of the state assembly for the area, said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin told the assembly late on Friday the plant would return on Wednesday.

Apple said on Monday the Foxconn India plant kept on excess waiting on the post trial process, adding that it would keep checking conditions at laborers’ dormitories and dining halls, alongside independent auditors.

“Workers will start to return gradually as soon as we are certain our standards are being met in every dormitory and dining area,” Apple said in a statement.

Foxconn said: “We have implemented a range of corrective actions to ensure this cannot happen again and a rigorous monitoring system to ensure workers can raise any concerns they may have, including anonymously.”

Foxconn has been making the iPhone 12 and testing production of the iPhone 13 at the Sriperumbudur facility, its only plant in India, government authorities have said. Apple has eight different providers in India.

The plant will restart production on Wednesday with not in excess of 100 individuals and could require over two months to continue full production, a source acquainted with the matter told Reuters.

Neither Apple or Foxconn remarked on when production would restart.

Tamil Nadu, a state of in excess of 70 million individuals and one of the country’s most industrialised, is sometimes called the “Detroit of Asia”. It is home to factories of organizations including BMW, Daimler, Hyundai, Nissan and Renault.

Selvaperunthagai told Reuters the state government would build a hostel facility with an ability to house a huge number of laborers from different industries to address the worries about principles of dormitories and dining facilities.

“The government is clear that they don’t want such incidents to happen again,” said.