Continued from Who Is Making Amazon Echo? (1)
15,000 employees at peak at Foxconn's manufacturing base
The manufacturer of the "Echo" series is Taiwan-based Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd), specifically EISBG (Ecological Integration Service Business Group) iDX Carrier Office of the company's H sub-group. The Office also manufactures Amazon.com's "Kindle" series of e-book readers and "Kindle Fire" series of tablet computers. And its sales seems to be US$1.154 billion in the first half of 2017 in consideration of the value of its exports.
Its manufacturing plant is located in Baishazhou Industrial Park Second Pioneering Park (Hengyang, Hunan Province, China). The number of employees is about 7,000. The number of production lines is scheduled to be increased in 2017, and, after that, the number of employees will be 15,000 at peak hour. The numbers of device assembly lines and PCBA (printed circuit board assembly) lines will increase from 27 to 49 and 10 to 25, respectively 2).
The name of the company that operates the plant is Hengyang Fu Tai Macro Precision Industry 3). Its production line can be seen on this (webpage).
Various applicants for FCC ID
When we checked documents submitted to FCC (Federal Communication Commission), we found that Amazon Lab126 entrusted the inspection of the Echo series for wireless authentication to only one company: Sporton International Inc of Taiwan. In addition to Amazon.com, Sporton International's customers include Belkin International Inc of the US, Bang & Olufsen (B&O) A/S of Denmark, Dell Inc of the US, Honeywell International Inc of the US, TP-LINK Technologies Co Ltd of China and Wacom Co Ltd of Japan.
What was unusual was the "FCC ID" of the Echo series. An FCC ID consists of (1) a three- or five-digit company ID (applicant for wireless authentication) and (2) a four-digit wireless device ID. Unlike other electronics device makers, the Echo series has many company IDs.