Last month, the president of Foxconn, Terry Gou, said the company would open a factory in the United States for creating LCD screens. It was believed that the screens produced would be for TVs and monitors, but now the Wall Street Journal suggested that the unit will manufacture LCD screens for iPhones.
About two weeks ago, the Taiwanese company announced that it would invest $ 10 billion to build a factory in Wisconsin, which would generate about 13,000 job openings over a six-year period. However, this news caused a discomfort to the local population, since the State would have invested US $ 3 billion just for the company to settle there. Governor Scott Walker then went public to say that the factory would make the site a “technological center”, attracting investment – in addition to generating a lot of employment.
In the midst of political discourse, the WSJ stated that this would be “the first installation of its kind in North America” and that it will manufacture LCD screens, those used in iPhones. It is not known, however, if this was just said as a bet or if there is real information that the production there will really be focused on that.
Something to reinforce this idea, we have the speech made in October by the president of Sharp (the second most “powerful” executive at Foxconn), Tai Jeng-Wu:
We are building new OLED screen manufacturing facilities in Japan. We can manufacture them in the United States, too; if our main customer requires us to manufacture in the USA, how can we not?
That is, if there is already a possible glimpse that OLED technology also has facilities in the USA, it makes a lot of sense that this first unit also makes screens for iPhones. As we know, even if the new iPhone receives an OLED screen, LCDs will certainly continue to be used in other models – even in two launches in 2017, such as the supposed “iPhones 7s / 7s Plus”.