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Electronic giant Foxconn Technology Group is planning to shift some of its production units from southern China's Shenzhen to other parts of the country. The move is mainly due to concerns over rising costs.
Foxconn hasn't disclosed details of its relocation plan. But its employees have been warned they will be moved.
Employee of Foxconn Technology Group said "Some production lines may be moved to Wuhan and Langfang this October. Factories in Henan Province are being designed."
Foxconn employees say that although the company hasn't issued an official notice, some machinery have already been packed ahead of the move.
Employee of Foxconn Technology Group said "We may produce laptops in Chongqing, LED products in Henan Province, and mobile phones in Tianjin."
Foxconn previously built factories for mobile phone batteries and covers in Tianjin. Now the company is moving its entire mobile phone production to the northern China seaport city. Foxconn's Tianjin base is liaising with the Binhai New Area government, regarding the expansion.
In Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, Foxconn has expanded its plants. A part of the company's computer production business will be moved there.
Zhang Fudong, Official of Wuhan Donghu High-tech Development Area said "Currently, Foxconn has more than 20 thousand employees in Wuhan. The number will reach 80 thousand in April next year. Its production value will hit 60 billion yuan next year."
Despite the move, Foxconn will still keep Shenzhen as its research and development base. But the company has already stopped recruiting workers in Shenzhen.
One job hunter said "I've heard that Foxconn will relocate its factories, so it's stopped recruiting new workers."
The company is planning to expand its staff in other locations. It's set to hire more than 100 thousand employees for its new production base in Chengdu, capital of southwestern China's Sichuan Province, and as many as 300 thousand staff in central China's Henan Province.