by Anton Shilov
01/27/2014 | 11:43 PM
As customers in the U.S. increasingly demand electronics made in the country, contract manufacturers have to open up new facilities to fulfill the needs. Foxconn Electronics, the world’s largest contract maker of consumer electronics, plans to establish new manufacturing sites in the USA.
Arizona, Colorado, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Louisiana have contacted the company as they seek to get plants set up in their jurisdictions, Simon Hsing, a spokesman for Foxconn, told Bloomberg news-agency. Recently Foxconn Interconnect Technology expanded its facility in Pennsylvania. The company is looking to open plants for making tools, molds and connectors.
Foxconn assembles various products for Apple, manufactures game consoles for Microsoft Corp., makes tablets for Amazon and produces PCs for various brands, including Dell and Hewlett-Packard. Some of Apple-branded products (iMac and Mac Pro) are made in the U.S.
Foxconn manufacturing facilities. Images by Getty Images and NPR web-site.
The contract manufacturer wants to get support and purchase commitments from its clients before building the new plants in the USA. The firm is negotiating with customers over what kind of products they want to be made in the country.
Foxconn’s plans in the U.S. will not necessarily create loads of new jobs since the company is trying to substitute personnel with robots so to eventually avoid labor shortage.
Foxconn has factories in California and Texas at present.