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Foxconn to set up $10-bn manufacturing unit in US to create 3k jobs: Trump

The company is the largest manufacturer of iPhones for Apple

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

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United States (US) President has said that Taiwanese tech giant will setup a manufacturing unit in Wisconsin with an investment of $10 billion, which will create over 3,000 jobs for Americans.

The company is the largest manufacturer of for

"I'm pleased to announce that Foxconn, a world leader in manufacturing for computers, communications and consumer electronics... Will build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for the production of LCD panel products in Wisconsin, investing many, many billions of dollars right here in America and creating thousands of jobs, and I mean American jobs," told reporters at the White House on Wednesday.

He was accompanied by Chairman Terry Gou, Vice-President and House Speaker

He called Gou "one of the great businessmen anywhere in the world".

"I would see Terry, and I would say Terry, you have to give us one of these massive places you do great work with," he added.

The president said that Foxconn's initial investment of more than $10 billion will create 3,000 jobs at a minimum, with the potential for up to 13,000 jobs in the very near future.

The construction of this facility represents the return of LCD electronics and electronic manufacturing to America, the country that we love, said.

"That's where we want our jobs. To make such an incredible investment, chairman Gou put his faith and confidence in the future of the American economy. In other words, if I didn't get elected, he definitely would not be spending $10 billion," he said.

Gou said the US does not currently have the capabilities "to produce a complete 8K resolution (TV) system".

"We are going to change that and it starts today with this investment in Wisconsin," Gou said.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said Foxconn's investment in his state is the "single largest economic development initiative in the state's history".

Ryan thanked Walker for "quarterbacking" the entire effort and said the announcement proves that is committed "to driving American manufacturing and bringing new jobs home".

Earlier in the day, a senior White House official said the investment is a culmination of many months of discussions between the White House Office of American Innovation and

"One of the reasons this is such a meaningful day is it does represent a milestone in bringing back advanced manufacturing, specifically in the electronics sector, to the United States," the official said.

"and chairman Gou believe that with this commitment, there will be an ability for America to not only compete but to be a globally dominant player in skilled and advanced manufacturing," said the official, adding that this will be the tech supplier will make more such investment in the US in future.

The White House said no new federal programs were created to incentivise the transaction.

In a statement, said this will be the largest Green Field Investment by the foreign in the US history.

"We are committed to realise the idea of Made in USA to provide some leading US high-tech more innovative products and better solutions, in order to let all consumers enjoy the future display technology in the 8K+5G ecosystem," Gou said in the statement.

First Published: Thu, July 27 2017. 09:17 IST