Foxconn may not be on your mind or on your lips every day. But you probably touch and use something they make everyday.
Foxconn makes the iPhones and other devices for Apple. They purchased Microsoft’s feature phone business and now make Nokia’s new Android phones for HMD Global. The new BlackBerry devices too. The Chinese giant acquired Sharp recently. And now they own Belkin, the company behind Linksys routers. IT people in larger companies are likely to know more about Belkin and Lynksis than the average person.
One thing is clear though; Foxconn has been making strategic moves and one day we might wake up to find out that we all have been Foxconn-ed.
And I do not mean that in a bad way. I just mean that it might one day dawn on us that Foxconn has become the corporation that rules the world. As of 2012, Foxconn factories manufactured an estimated 40% of all consumer electronics sold worldwide, and they are the world’s undisputed largest electronics manufacturer.
Whichever way you look at it, Foxconn reminds one of that powerful godfather working behind the scenes to make things happen for lots of people.