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  • Illnesses Linked to iPhone Touchscreen Production Facility



    Today the world witnessed that the production of touchscreen technology is not only sensitive and important to our way of life, it is often a particularly dangerous endeavor at the factories that produce them.

    Chinese news outlets are reporting at this hour that a worker at Wintek (a Chinese-based production facility of touchscreens) has died resulting from complications related to n-hexane exposure or poisoning. As of this moment, it's markedly difficult to cull any definitive facts from the Chinese news services reporting the death.

    Wintek makes touchscreen displays for Apple devices, like the iPhone and iPod Touch. As it is understood at this time, the touchscreens produced require cleaning, a process often involving the hazardous chemical n-hexane, which is similarly used in textile manufacturing. Wintek has previously been censured for its use of this somewhat extreme chemical.

    In early 2009, protests were organized by the Taiwan Labor Organization relating to the use of harsh chemicals and proclaiming "poor working conditions" at this particular Wintek plant.

    Last summer, a rash of similar poisonings were reported in China, however, it should be noted that some media outlets are reporting data from last August's poisoning as though it is current. When more details become available, I will update the post accordingly and revise any errors as they become apparent.

    Image via China Daily News
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Illnesses Linked to iPhone Touchscreen Production Facility started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Quote Originally Posted by goodgod2 View Post
      no one would be able to afford, an iphone ipod, macbook if it was made in the United States.
      More like, Apple wouldn't be pulling as much profit out of what they make if it was made in the US. And that goes with every company. They don't outsource just so people can "afford" to buy their products, they do it to increase profits.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bengo View Post
      More like, Apple wouldn't be pulling as much profit out of what they make if it was made in the US. And that goes with every company. They don't outsource just so people can "afford" to buy their products, they do it to increase profits.
      I think they do it just for fun! Just so we can talk about it on a forum, I really don't think they care much for profit...!
    1. tarekkkkk's Avatar
      tarekkkkk -
      (apple) he who knows that this is gonna happen sooner or later will be punished badly cause safety of human lives is far important than any so called device or should i say profit
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      lolcats, i know what i posted didn't completely relate to "economics", but i bet the high profit margins is certainly playing a role into Steve Job's greed as he outsources to the slavery in China for even more profit margins.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That look like a prison.
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluprint View Post
      yeah your right

      That means apple would have make less than 60% profit on everything, it seems unreasonable.
      haha zing.

      I think this is one of those issues that can only be resolved by switching to Communism.