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Goodbye, Tupiniquim iPhone: Foxconn should cease assembly of Apple products in Brazil by December this year [atualizado: Apple nega]

I remember well the year of grace 2011, when I, like you, was still a simple reader of this simple website. It was a time of hope: the economy was (relatively) doing well, Seleo had a chance to win the World Cup and Foxconn gave all the thought that would be about to start the manufacture of iPhones and iPads in Brazil, which would make the devices significantly cheaper for the Brazilian consumer. N?

Well six years later, we know that none of these things lasted long. The economy has withered more than Fiesp's duck, Selection symbolizes one of the greatest national traumas in history, and the cheaper Tupiniquin iPhones and iPads were nothing but an empty promise. Yes, they do exist, but they have never had a dime taken from their labels because they are made in the country. Now Foxconn is feeling the thud of the bankrupt venture.

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Two months ago, the Taiwanese giant had already shut down the warehouse where local iPad production took place and laid off 70 people; now, according to a report from THIS MONEY, the space destined for the national manufacture of iPhones will also be closed, putting a melancholy end point in the saga of the iGadgets “Brazilian Industry”.

According to a former employee, more than 50 iPhone assembly line employees were fired on June 6, after returning from a period of “forced” collective vacations, driven by low demand. Ma's handset manufacturing at the plant in Jundia (SP) is expected to be fully closed by December. As a result, Foxconn do Brasil will focus only on assembling products for other companies. Taiwanese has a partnership with ASUS to manufacture smartphones and laptops, for example.

The reasons for the failure of the Apple-Foxconn Brazilian adventure are uncertain, but some factors may be responsible for the venture's rune: the report speaks of promises never fulfilled by Foxconn (such as the commitment to generate 100,000 jobs, which definitely never happened). ), as well as the recent seismic shocks in the national economy and a drop in sales of smartphones and tablets. Apple's decision to expand the manufacturing of iGadgets for other countries, such as India, it must also have been decisive for this closure.

In the end, the fact that the end of the manufacture of iPhones and iPads in Brazil will not affect the pockets of consumers of these products in the end, as is well known, the iGadgets They did not see a penny less on their labels after the start of national manufacturing. As usual, the nakedness of workers being fired for flawed planning and a lack of commitment to actually make any change in status quo of things. We hope they will bring more luck in their next jobs.

via Gizmodo Brazil

Update by Rafael Fischmann 6/27/2017 s 17:52

To the newspaper Northeast Daily, Apple Brazil Press Officer denied the information brought by THIS MONEY without giving further details. We'll have to wait and see