Apple iPad manufacturer Foxconn 'plans US factories'

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Foxconn, the Taiwanese maker of Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL - news) 's products is planning to open factories in the US, according to reports.

With labour costs rising in the West, Foxconn is looking to Detroit and Los Angeles (Other OTC: ANGC.PK - news) to build flatscreen TVs (Taiwan OTC: 8264.TWO - news) . Apple has long been expected to build an internet-connected television, named the iTV.

However, Foxconn will have to adapt its operations, as its business in China has been hit by worker suicides, industrial accidents and riots. With its iPhones and iPads mainly put together by humans, the company has been forced to raise pay levels three times since 2010.

Following criticism of Foxconn's working practices, in February Apple sent a labour group to inspect the factories.

Foxconn also makes phones for Nokia (Stockholm: NOKI-SEK.ST - news) and tablets for Amazon.