How It’s Made: Apple iPad
Well, it’s not a History Channel program, but pretty darn close. Here’s an interesting look inside Foxconn’s Longhua factory (later referred to as a City) reported by Markeplace’s Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz after taking a tour where Apple’s iPads are manufactured.
“The first misconception I had about Foxconn’s Longhua facility in the city of Shenzhen was that I’ve always called it a ‘factory’ — technically, it is. But after you enter the gates and walk around, you quickly realize that it’s also a city — 240,000 people work here. Nearly 50,000 of them live on campus in shared dorm rooms.” says Schmitz “There’s a main drag lined on both sides with fast-food restaurants, banks, cafes, grocery stores, a wedding photo shop, and an automated library. There are basketball courts, tennis courts, a gym, two enormous swimming pools, and a bright green astroturf soccer stadium smack-dab in the middle of campus. There’s a radio station — Voice of Foxconn — and a television news station. Longhua even has its own fire department, located right on main street.”