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In this file photo taken on May 22, 2010, visitors to a job fair walk past the Foxconn recruitment area in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province.
In this file photo taken on May 22, 2010, visitors to a job fair walk past the Foxconn recruitment area in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province.
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Foxconn’s U.S. plant another blow to cheap Chinese labour meme

The Taiwanese electronics giant that became a poster-child for lousy labour practices in China is ramping up operations in the United States. Hon Hai Group, which rakes in handsome profits as a major contract maker of Apple iPhones and iPads, Sony PlayStations, Amazon Kindles and numerous other popular electronic devices, is setting up a high-end manufacturing base in Harrisburg, Pa. The move by the company – which is better known by its trade name, Foxconn – is the latest evidence of an American resurgence in precision manufacturing, as companies relocate to get closer to key markets, move up the value chain and take advantage of falling production costs and technological breakthroughs.