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Foxconn iPad plant in China reopens after May's explosion

The Foxconn manufacturing plant in Chengdu, China that suffered from an explosion on May 20 that killed three Foxconn workers has now repoened. AllThingsDigital reports that it has received a statement from Foxconn stating that the plant and similar ones under Foxconn have resumed operations following an investigation into the cause of the explosion. In addition to the three workers that were killed on May 20, 15 other workers were reported as being injured due to the explosion.

While the investigation into the event is still ongoing, Foxconn states that it has taken steps as a results of its preliminary findings "that the accident was likely due to an explosion of aluminum dust in a ventilation duct". The company says that it has put in "improvements in workshop ventilation, a total revamping of the policies and practices related to the disposal of that dust, and through the application of new technologies that will further enhance the safety in these workshops." It adds that if it finds anything else that needs to be addressed as a result of their investigation "we will not hesitate to immediately implement those measures."

While Foxconn has not confirmed this, it is widely believed that the plant affected by the explosion was used to make part of Apple's iPad tablets. Some analysts had predicted before today's announcement that the plant was back in operation that it would cut down the production of iPad and as a result also cut into Apple's revenues for the third quarter.

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