Foxconn modifies US UHD production plans

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Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology is modifying its plans to produce large-panel displays for Ultra HD television from its new $10 billion Wisconsin factory, according to reports from Japan.

The Wisconsin factory was unveiled in July 2017, and now Foxconn says that while the investment remains unchanged, it would concentrate on a diversified portfolio of screens including those needed for cars, tablets and mobile phones, as well as TVs.

Reports say that the initial plan required a more complex supply chain for raw materials, and a larger initial investment.

Foxconn is a major supplier to Apple.  The new plant is expected to provide up to 13,000 jobs when up and fully running.  Foxconn owns the Sharp brand, which also supplies screens for iPads.

While the initial plan called for the factory to handle 10.5-generation fabrication equipment, Japanese reports say that it is expected that Foxconn will now ship 8.5-generation LCD fabrication facilities to Wisconsin from Taiwan.

Construction started last month on the Wisconsin factory, and a ‘groundbreaking’ ceremony is planned for June 28th with President Trump and Foxconn CEO Terry Gou planning to attend.


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