Shh... Your iPhone is Just Getting Made in this Secret Factory
The iPhone factory at Pegatron is one of the most secretive facilities
unison under the watchful gaze of the Mayor, who is joined by shift supervisors holding iPads jerryrigged with black tape. They scan in the workers. Six minutes later, they’re on the production floor, assembling smartphones moving past on conveyor belts. On the day of the visit, one assembler was out sick, so the shift boss quickly adjusted the line to make sure no output was lost.
The factory at the corner of Xiu Yan and Shen Jiang roads is one of the most secretive facilities at the heart of iPhone production and covers an area equal to almost 90 football fields. In the center is a plaza with a firehouse, police station and post office. There are shuttle buses, megacafeterias, landscaped lawns and koi ponds.Inside, the factory still hides a secret, according to China Labor Watch.
Base pay remains so low, workers need overtime simply to make ends meet, the group said.
It said 1,261 pay stubs from Pegatron’s Shanghai facility from September and October 2015 show evidence of excessive overtime. Pegatron countered by saying the group miscounted because that period straddled state holidays, when pay was three times’ normal. Apple and Pegatron say they were never contacted by China Labor Watch. —Bloomberg
As many as 50,000 people assemble iPhones at Pegatron’s facility
Employees line up for roll call at a factory in Shanghai — BLOOMBERG