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Foxconn makes its own masks in rush to restart China factory

Workers told to sign consent forms before returning to mainland

People wearing face masks walk past the logo of Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, in New Taipei City, Taiwan.   © EPA/Jiji

TAIPEI -- Apple supplier Foxconn has built its own production line for surgical masks and asked Taiwanese employees to sign consent forms for returning to mainland China, in an aggressive push to restart production next Monday, the Nikkei Asian Review has learned.

The world's largest electronics manufacturer said in a WeChat post Thursday that it has been running test production of surgical masks at its flagship Lunghua manufacturing campus in Shenzhen since Feb. 5 and plans to reach mass production of 2 million units per day by the end of February.

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