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Tech Giants Set To Probe Suicide Cases At Foxconn

US technology behemoths Apple, Dell and Hewlett Packard have confirmed that they will look into the modus operandi of Hon Hai Precision Industry otherwise known as Foxconn, the largest of the many Taiwanese electronics outsourcing companies.

Foxconn was founded 36 years ago and has amongst its client portfolio names like Apple, Dell, Nokia and many other lesser known tech firms. But rather than its manufacturing abilities, it is the fact that ten of its employees committed suicide during the last few months.

The company employs more than 300,000 in Shenzhen and the actual number of attempted suicides in the massive production plant in the city is likely to be significantly higher.

This has prompted Apple to issue a statement saying that they will send a team of independent investigators in China to see what Foxconn was doing to "address these tragic events".

HP added that it was probing the "Foxconn practices that may be associated with these tragic events”, something that Dell also confirmed it was going to carry out.

Terry Gou, the man who founded the company and is still at its helm, commented on the events saying that Foxconn is a company but not a society and that they have "a company's abilities to do things but we don't have a society's abilities."

The news comes nearly three months after it was found that workers below the minimum age of employment were working on Apple's production lines.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.