Go West, Foxconn

The iPhone manufacturer plans to move its primary plant inland, in search of cheaper labor. It's workforce will soon hit 1.4 million.

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Foxconn, the world's largest maker of computer components, revealed plans to move some 200,000 jobs inland. Currently, its manufacturing hub is in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong. But there is cheaper labor in central China, many manufacturers are finding. Foxconn's Shenzhen properties will become an "engineering campus," while the grunt work will move north and west.

Foxconn earned averse media attention last year for reports of suicides among its workers. The IT giant makes goods for Sony, Nokia, and Apple, including the iconic iPhone.

Any move Foxconn makes has a substantial impact on China's economy. Foxconn already has a million workers, and has plans to hire 400,000 more. The shift in focus inland will bring the Shenzhen workforce down below 300,000.

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