Hon Hai's Vietnam base unaffected by violence

05/14/2014 11:46 AM

Taipei, May 14 (CNA) Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world's largest contract electronics maker, said Wednesday that its production base in Vietnam was not affected by the anti-China protests that have rocked the Southeast Asian country.

Hon Hai said the group has not received any reports that the violence has disrupted production in Vietnam but will continue to monitor the situation.

Vietnamese have been staging protests against China after Beijing deployed an oilrig in what Hanoi claims as its economic waters near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.

Naval ships from the two countries have engaged in a tense standoff near the oil rig.

Self-governed Taiwan is not part of the People's Republic of China and has never been under its control, but many protesting Vietnamese failed to distinguish between Chinese and Taiwanese and attacked Taiwanese businesses.

The violence was concentrated in Binh Duong province north of Ho Chi Minh City where many Taiwanese investors operate.

Taiwan's representative to Vietnam Huang Chih-peng said the unrest has had an impact on about 1,000 Taiwanese companies in the province and forced some Taiwanese businessmen to flee.

According to Apple Inc.'s data on its suppliers, including Hon Hai, the Taiwanese electronics contracting giant has a factory in Vietnam's Bac Giang province, where it assembles gadgets for Apple.

It also has additional production lines in Vinh Phuc province that are responsible for cell phone design and manufacturing, according to Hon Hai's annual report.

Bac Giang (right) and Vinh Phuc in northern Vietnam:

Ability Opto-Electronics Technology Co., a Taiwan-based compact lens module maker, said meanwhile that its factory located in Ho Chi Minh City was also unaffected by the violence.

The company said its factory, about a one-hour ride from Binh Duong, has remained unscathed so far. To avoid possible attacks, however, Ability has pulled down its Chinese-language factory nameplate and the Taiwan national flag.

(By Jalen Chung, Han Ting-ting and Frances Huang)enditem/ls

Related stories:●May 14: Taiwan condemns violence against Taiwan businesses in Vietnam (update)●May 13: Taiwanese businesses suffer from anti-China protest in Vietnam

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