Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics maker, on Monday reported a sharp drop in November revenue after the company struggled with a Covid outbreak and worker unrest at the world’s biggest iPhone factory in China.
The Taiwanese firm, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, said that revenue last month totaled 551.1 billion new Taiwan dollars ($14.7 billion), down more than 29% versus October and over 11% lower compared to Nov. 2021.
Foxconn said the fall was due to “production gradually entering off-peak seasonality and a portion of shipments being impacted by the epidemic in Zhengzhou.” The company gave no further details.
Zhengzhou, a city in China, is home to the world’s largest iPhone assembly plant, which is run by Foxconn.
In late October, the Zhengzhou factory was hit with an outbreak of Covid and Foxconn battled to get it under control with measures such as testing and isolating workers who were infected, and effectively locking down the plant.
Many workers fled the factory shortly after the outbreak began.
Last month, employees clashed with security personnel at the Zhengzhou plant and some workers took to social media to air their grievances over what appeared to be a delay in bonus payments. Foxconn later apologized for a “technical error” which caused the issues with workers’ pay.
In a bid to entice workers back to the factory, Foxconn announced a round of bonuses last month.