Earlier today, an explosion destroyed parts of an iPad manufacturing plant in Chengdu, China. The plant, owned by Foxconn, is a polishing plant designed to clean iPads once assembled, before being packaged to be shipped across the globe.
Alas, two employees were killed, and several others were injured. While the root cause of the explosion is unknown at this stage, production at the plant has been halted for an indefinite time period.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Foxconn said the situation had been brought under control by the fire fighters, and that the company was cooperating with the police to better understand what happened. Apple also communicated on the matter, and expressed its condolences over the death of the Foxconn employees.
We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Foxconn’s plant in Chengdu and our hearts go out to the victims and their families
Video shot shortly after the explosion (credit: engadget)
While the impact of the explosion on the iPad 2 production is unclear at this stage, it will most likely lead to more delays in the iPad 2 supply chain – to this date, Apple and Foxconn have been unable to build enough iPad 2s to meet the overwhelming demand for the device.