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Sixth suicide at Hon Hai in Shenzhen

By Chinmei Sung  /  BLOOMBERG

Hon Hai Group (鴻海集團) said an employee died on Tuesday after jumping from her apartment building in Shenzhen.

The 24-year-old assembly line worker was from Henan Province and had been working at the Shenzhen factory since August, the Taipei-based company, also known as Foxconn Technology Group (富士康科技集團), said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. Local police are investigating the death, it said.

The worker, identified only by the surname Zhu, was on leave from work, according to the statement. Hon Hai was later informed by the local police that the suicide was related to personal matters, the statement said.

The suicide marks the sixth such death at Hon Hai this year, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday, citing unidentified company officials and local police.

Hon Hai said in July it suspended a security official at one of its affiliates after a worker killed himself when an Apple Inc iPhone prototype went missing.

Two other employees attempted suicide, but lived, earlier this year, Xinhua said.

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密), the flagship of the group controlled by billionaire Terry Gou (郭台銘), makes electronics for clients including Apple and Hewlett-Packard Co.

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