Hon Hai Precision Industry aka Foxconn, which assembles iPhones and iPads for Apple and many other products on behalf of other vendors, has started hiring workers in preparation for Apple’s next iPhone, Bloomberg reported Monday.
A person familiar with the matter tells the publication that the world’s largest contract manufacturer has been recruiting workers for the past month at its plant in Zhengzhou, eastern China.
The report comes after a number of news organizations reported that Foxconn back in February imposed arecruitment freeze across almost all of its factories in China amid slowing iPhone production…
According to Bloomberg:
Foxconn recommenced hiring at Zhengzhou a month ago, with the facility currently employing about 250,000 to 300,000 people, Liu Kun, a spokesman for the Taipei-based company, said by phone today without saying how many employees were added. He declined to comment on products or clients.
The Wall Street Journal corroborated the Bloomberg report, adding Monday that aFoxconn has hired 10,000 workers a week since the end of March.
“We have been very busy recently as we will start mass-producing the new iPhone soon,” said a Zhengzhou-based executive who has direct knowledge of production plans.
Both reports point to Apple gearing up for production of the new iPhone, with the Journal expecting the the iPhone 5S production to begin in the second quarter of the year, possibly alongside a rumored budget model of the handset meant at improving Apple’s market standing in emerging markets.