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Hon Hai starts training for U.S. employees in Wisconsin project

2019/11/19 13:05

Photo courtesy of Hon Hai Precision

Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world's largest contract electronics maker, said Tuesday that the company has launched a training program for American employees as part of its huge investment project in Wisconsin.

As the largest plant in the US$10 billion Wisconsin production compound enters the roof-sealing stage, which means construction of the factory has been largely completed, Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn on the global market, has started to train its American employees, the company said.

Currently, a total of 26 U.S. employees are in Taiwan to receive long term training under the Foxconn Future Leaders Program, the Taiwanese manufacturing giant said.

Hon Hai has hired graduates from several prestigious U.S. schools, such as Northwestern University, Purdue University, University of Michigan , University of Illinois, and University of Wisconsin through a recruitment campaign presided over by company vice chairman Li Jie (李傑) earlier this year.

Under the program, these American employees will receive more than 2,000 hours of training on average in a wide range of technology and business areas, including artificial intelligence, production, quality control, green products, product planning and marketing, Hon Hai said.

In addition, Hon Hai said, the U.S. newcomers have to take a one-hour Chinese class every day to allow them to communicate with their Taiwanese managers in both Chinese and English.

As for the largest plant in the Wisconsin project, Hon Hai said the factory has a land area of 1 million square meters, equivalent to 13 U.S. football fields. The company added the factory was built using 8,000 tons of steel materials.

Hon Hai signed an agreement with Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) to build a flat screen manufacturing campus in the state in November 2017 and received a package of potential subsidies and tax breaks worth over US$3 billion, based on the promise of creating 13,000 jobs over six years.

The Wisconsin project is focused on a sophisticated sixth generation flat panel complex (Gen 6 Fab) in the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park (WVSTP) and aims to transform Wisconsin into a high-tech hub.

The Wisconsin plant is expected to start mass production in the fourth quarter of next year and to target such markets as high definition 8K TV panels and automotive displays, Louis Woo (胡國輝), a top aide to Terry Gou (郭台銘), founder of Hon Hai, has said.

The Wisconsin investment will also have an incubation center to help high-tech startups develop artificial intelligence and integrate AI with 8K screen production and a 5G ecosystem.

In June 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Wisconsin complex and described Gou as "one of the most successful" businessmen in the world.

(By Chung Jung-feng and Frances Huang)Enditem/AW