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Shenzhen: birthplace to Huawei — plus several other Chinese tech behemoths

by Scott Tong Jun 27, 2019
The city has made a name for itself as China's Silicon Valley with three factors: government support, speed and location.
The Shenzhen skyline, including the Shenzhen World Financial Center illuminated by green lights, in 2010.
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Wisconsin may not get the high-tech jobs it expected

by Tracey Samuelson Feb 6, 2019
Foxconn changed its plans for a plant in Wisconsin, then changed them again.
Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn has been planning to build an enormous factory in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.
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What kind of manufacturing jobs are in America's future?

by Amy Scott Jan 31, 2019
Foxconn says building TV screens in Wisconsin doesn't make sense. But R&D and advanced manufacturing do.

Here’s why foreign companies are investing less in the U.S.

by Tracey Samuelson Jun 28, 2018
In Wisconsin today, President Donald Trump did a thing politicians like to do sometimes. Shovel in hand, he touted a big investment in the U.S. and the jobs it’s supposed to create. The shovel was gold-toned, and the investment: a…
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Bringing artificial intelligence to the factory floor

by Molly Wood and Stephanie Hughes Dec 21, 2017
Artificial intelligence pioneer Andrew Ng wants to make manufacturing smarter with his newest company.
Chinese workers assemble electronic components at the Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen, in the southern Guangzhou province.
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iPhone manufacturer Foxconn to buy Sharp

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 30, 2016
Foxconn, the Taiwan-based contract manufacturer of iPhones, is buying the financially troubled Japanese electronics brand.
Chinese workers assemble electronic components at the Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen, in the southern Guangzhou province.
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Foxconn's newest product: a college degree

by Rob Schmitz Jul 30, 2014
Foxconn has established an in-house university in efforts to retain workers.

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Foxconn improves worker conditions, but workers still aren't happy

by Rob Schmitz Dec 12, 2013
For the past two years, Apple has allowed independent inspectors to examine factory conditions for the Chinese workers who make iPads, iPhones, and the company's other iconic products. Today, the Fair Labor Association released its final report on three factories…

What Foxconn profits can tell us about Apple

by Molly Wood Apr 29, 2013
Apple and Samsung both reported quarterly earnings last week. Today we hear from the company that makes many of the gadgets they sell -- Taiwanese tech giant Hon Hai, or as we know it, Foxconn.

At Foxconn, workers union gets teeth

by Rob Schmitz Feb 5, 2013
Workers at the major Apple supplier in China will soon have a new union that represents them. Formerly, the union was controlled by management.