(Yicai Global) Dec. 7 -- Tesla Inc. [NASDAQ:TSLA] made its first electric car in Taiwan, Terry Gou, founder and chief executive of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.-- trading as Foxconn Technology Group -- [TW:2317], said in an interview yesterday.
Foxconn is the multinational electronics contract manufacturing company best-known as the main supplier for iPhone.
The rise of the internet has adversely impacted the real economy, some market insiders believe. Gou, however, expressed his confidence in it. "The biggest winners in the driving automation business, for example, are automakers," he said, as Pconline.com.cn reported yesterday.
Foxconn supplied more than 100 parts to Tesla. "The first Tesla electric car was actually produced in Taiwan," the electronics mogul said. He also mentioned his old business partner, Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc. [NYSE:AAPL]. Gou was one of only a few Chinese invited to Jobs' funeral. "Steve was very strict at work, but he treated his friends generously when they needed help," he said.
Foxconn became embroiled in an international scandal after several workers killed themselves over severe work stress in the company's iPhone assembly plant in Shenzhen in China's southeastern economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in 2010. Jobs sent a suicide expert from the US Air Force to the factory, and the specialist remained for almost six weeks. Jobs also stayed at the firm for a few days then, Gou recalled.