Foxconn Group Installs Anti-Jump Nets at Hebei Facility, Xinhua Reports

Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics, is installing anti-jump nets along dormitories at its production facility in Hebei Province, Xinhua’s International Herald Leader reported, citing its own journalist at the site.

Nets at the campus, in the city of Langfang, northern China, are similar to those already in place at Foxconn’s facilities in Shenzhen. Edmund Ding, spokesman for Foxconn flagship Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., didn’t answer calls to his mobile phone after normal office hours today.

Foxconn, which makes Apple Inc. iPads and Sony Corp. games machines, began putting up nets after at least 10 workers committed suicide this year. Founder and Chairman Terry Gou blamed personal problems for most of the deaths, and opened his largest factory to the media after being accused by labor groups of running a sweatshop, which he denied.

Foxconn is working with Chinese local governments to expand operations and create jobs, especially in inland China, Hon Hai said in an exchange filing June 30. Foxconn Group employs more than 400,000 workers in Shenzhen, southern China, and has around 800,000 employees in the country.

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