(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Research firm HIS iSuppli is predicting that due to the recent fatal explosion at Apple manufacturing facility Foxconn, production of Apple’s iPad 2 could see a shortfall of nearly 500 thousand units.
The explosion rocked the southwest China factory on Friday, injuring 15 workers and killing 3.
iSuppli noted in the press release, “Total iPad 2 production capacity at the Chengdu site amounts to about 500,000 units per month. If the explosion results in a production shutdown until the end of June-which may or may not happen, depending on the outcome of the still-pending investigation-a production stoppage of half a million units could result. Should the production suspension last longer, the impact on production could be even greater.”
The company also said that while the majority of iPad 2 production occurs at a different Foxconn Facility, the unaffected plant might not be able to compensate for such loss. The research firm only expects short term impact from the incident.
Despite the report, it was reported that Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou met with suppliers on Sunday, emphasizing that there’d be no production delays during the quarter.
Meanwhile, the Foxconn plant has temporarily shut down its facilities to conduct safety checks.
You can view the entire press release by iSuppli here: http://www.isuppli.com/Manufacturing-and-Pricing/News/Pages/IHS-iSuppli-News-Flash-Production-of-Half-Million-iPads-at-Risk-from-Foxconn-Plant-Explosion.aspx