Jan 17 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s Foxconn (2317.TW) has appointed Michael Chiang as the brand new boss for its iPhone meeting enterprise after a tumultuous 12 months in China, Bloomberg Information reported on Tuesday, citing folks conversant in the matter.

Chiang replaces longtime chief Wang Charng-yang as head of the iPhone meeting division, the Bloomberg report stated.

Foxconn declined to remark. Apple didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Foxconn’s plant in China’s Zhengzhou metropolis, the world’s largest manufacturing facility of Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) iPhones, was closely affected late final 12 months after a COVID-19 outbreak and curbs taken to manage the virus prompted 1000’s of staff to go away.

It was additionally hit by a bout of employee unrest over fee points, however the plant was nearly again to full manufacturing with December shipments reaching about 90% of preliminary plans, sources informed Reuters earlier in January.

Chiang’s appointment is a part of Foxconn Chairman Younger Liu’s efforts to raise youthful executives to take care of the corporate’s provide chain management within the face of rising competitors from Chinese language contenders, the Bloomberg report stated.

Earlier this month, the Monetary Occasions newspaper reported that Apple was set to enroll Chinese language contract producer Luxshare Precision Business Co Ltd (002475.SZ) to provide premium iPhone fashions, to make up for misplaced manufacturing at Foxconn’s (2317.TW) Zhengzhou manufacturing unit final 12 months.

Reporting by Lavanya Ahire in Bengaluru; Modifying by Dhanya Ann Thoppil and Nivedita Bhattacharjee

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