Foxconn suspends some production after deadly blast

Foxconn logo outside its factory A Foxconn spokesman said that the situation is already under control and cause being investigated

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Technology manufacturer Foxconn has suspended production at its Chinese workshops that handle electronics polishing.

An explosion at one such factory in the south-western province of Sichuan has killed three people and injured 15.

The incident happened over the weekend on a production line for Apple's iPad 2 in the city of Chengdu, according to local media reports.

Foxconn is one of China's biggest manufacturers and exporters.

It has declined to say whether the blast happened at an iPad factory.

"All operations at the affected workshop remain suspended and production at all other workshops that carry out similar processing functions have also been halted pending the results of the investigation," the company said in an emailed statement.

It added that all other production facilities in China continue operating normally.

The Taiwanese manufacturer said the incident was an accident.

Foxconn has had a troubled recent history in China, with at least 13 employees dying in apparent suicides last year.

The Taiwanese firm is Apple's main manufacturing contractor, producing many different items, including the iPad 2.

The latest version of the iPad was already facing production difficulties due to strong demand and disruption to some parts manufacturers by the earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan in March.

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