Hon Hai Group (鴻海集團), also known as Foxconn Technology Group (富士康科技集團), has started recruiting new workers for its Shenzhen, China, production complex, one of the sites where it assembles iPhones and iPads for Apple Inc, sources in the Apple supply chain said on Saturday.
The sources said Hon Hai, the world’s largest contract electronics maker, needs additional staff to deal with large orders from Apple for a new version of the iPhone.
The company will require as many as 90,000 new employees at its Shenzhen complex in Guangdong Province to fill the massive orders from Apple, the sources said.
Hon Hai has completed testing for the assembly of the new iPhone and is well prepared to begin production, the source said.
Asked to comment on the report, the company said it does not discuss individual clients, but added that it normally adjusts its workforce to meet demand, when necessary.
Hon Hai has additional production plants for Apple products in other Chinese cities, including Zhengzhou in Henan Province, Taiyuan in Shanxi Province and Chengdu in Sichuan Province.
Earlier this month, Chinese media reported that Hon Hai’s Zhengzhou plant, which makes iPhones and iPads, had launched a recruitment drive.
Hon Hai declined to confirm the report, but there was speculation in the market that the recruitment drive was in preparation for Apple’s release of new products in the third quarter of the year.
Analysts said Apple orders are expected to account for about 40 percent of Hon Hai’s total sales for this year.
Driven by the launch of new iPhones and iPads, Hon Hai’s sales growth momentum is expected to accelerate in the second half of this year and become more evident in the fourth quarter due to peak season effects, they said.