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Foxconn, VW Start Factory Bubbles During Chengdu Lockdown

Near-empty streets after city-wide lockdown in Chengdu, on Sept. 1. 

Near-empty streets after city-wide lockdown in Chengdu, on Sept. 1. 

Photographer: Liu Zhongjun/China News Service/Getty Images

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Volkswagen AG and Foxconn Technology Group are keeping their workers on-site in their factories in Chengdu after the Chinese metropolis locked down its 21 million residents to contain a Covid-19 outbreak.

The German automaker’s factory, jointly operated with its local partner China FAW Group Co., entered a so-called “closed loop system” Thursday evening to maintain production, a company representative said on the phone on Friday, without elaborating. Foxconn, the largest assembler of Apple Inc. devices, is also adopting the method at its facility that makes iPads there, according to a person familiar with the decision.