Foxconn Science Park in Hengyang, Hunan province. A science park belonging to Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, will be the center of a new smartphone production base in Henan. (File Photo/Lin Mei-tzu)
Central China's Henan province plans begin production on the world's largest smartphone manufacturing base next year, local authorities said on Saturday.
The base will be centered on the Foxconn science park in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan, increasing its current production lines to 95, said the Henan provincial development and reform commission during a conference.
The expansion plan, which will cost 7 billion yuan (US$1.1 billion), is expected to bring US$20 billion in sales revenue in 2012, the commission said.
Foxconn — the world's largest contractor of electronic components and principal Apple supplier — opened new factories in Henan and Sichuan last year, targeting low labor costs and rising markets in China's inland provinces. The company currently employs 1.2 million people, with about 1 million of them based in mainland China.
The new plant in Zhengzhou has reached a daily production of 200,000 Apple iPhones and employs 130,000 people, said Guo Gengmao, governor of Henan province.