The Foxconn plant in Sriperumbudur, in the Tamil Nadu state capital of Chennai, employed roughly 17,000 people before being shut down on December 18 following protests over 250 workers who were ill with food poisoning.
According to government authorities and a politician in the district where the factory is situated, Apple Inc supplier Foxconn will resume its iPhone production facility in southern India on Wednesday.
The Foxconn factory may possibly be responsible for the iPhone 12, iPhone 11, and iPhone XR. The iPhone SE 2020 is also made in India, but by Apple’s separate contract manufacturer Wistron, which operates out of a factory near Bengaluru.
The Foxconn facility, on the other hand, is still on probation, and Apple will continue to monitor the workers’ living arrangements.
“Workers will progressively return once we are confident that our standards are being followed in every dormitory and eating area,” Apple stated.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin told the parliament late on Friday that the factory will reopen on Wednesday, according to K Selvaperunthagai, a member of the state assembly representing the region.
Reportedly, Apple said on Monday that the Foxconn India facility was still on probation and that it and independent auditors will continue to monitor conditions in the workers’ dorms and dining halls.
According to government authorities, Foxconn has been producing the iPhone 12 and testing production of the iPhone 13 at its Sriperumbudur factory, which is the company’s only plant in India.
In India, Apple has eight more suppliers. A person familiar with the situation told Reuters that the facility will reopen on Wednesday with fewer than 100 employees and that full production might take more than two months.