Photo: Foxconn Looking to Build $12 Billion Factory in Brazil
Apple’s China-based manufacturer, Foxconn, is looking to build a $12 billion plant in Brazil, but has presented the country with a list of demands that must first be met.
On the list are the following:
• A large facility, housing more than one Foxconn division
• High-speed Wi-Fi
• Expedited shipping at airports, including São Paulo
• Funding support from the Brazilian National Development Bank
• Assistance in finding local, smaller investors
• Infrastructure improvements to permit fast delivery in and out of the site
• Fiber optic Net connections
In response, Brazil’s government, by way of President Dilma Rousseff has demanded that Foxconn primarily employ local labor, share technology and afford “basic respect” of the country’s labor laws, which can get tricky, especially considering China-based Foxconn has been in the throws of a scandal at home for years regarding work conditions. Some allege the conditions have been so bad as to lead a large number of employees to commit suicide.
So while Foxconn has presented a list of demands, so too has Brazil, and the country shows no sign that they will simply lay down for a chance to increase revenue.