Foxconn Announces Plans to Build LCD Fab in Wisconsin

8/1/2017 9:39 AM 

Foxconn, the Taiwan-based contract electronics maker, recently announced that it will build a 20,000-square-foot LCD fab in Wisconsin. Foxconn, the maker of Apple’s iPhone, is the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer.

The LCD panels to be produced at the plant would be for TV maker Sharp, which was purchased last year by Foxconn’s parent company, Hon Hai, according to a recent article in The Verge. Making large panels in the US to be used for US products would presumably reduce shipping costs as well as any applicable tariffs.

Such a large facility would provide jobs for thousands of workers and would obviously be a boon to the Wisconsin economy. In the past, plans to build Foxconn plants in the US have fallen through; a 2013 proposal to build a large facility in Harrisburg, PA, did not bear fruit. The Wisconsin announcement, made by Foxconn CEO Terry Gou in a press conference with US President Donald Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in attendance, certainly has the stamp of officialdom and would represent an important step toward bringing more display manufacturing to the US. 

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