Smoke and Mirrors?

Apple has cut ties with Guangdong Real Faith PZ Electron on the grounds that it was using scores of underage workers.

So while noting that this is a step in the right direction, is it cynical to suggest that Apple’s decision to fire a fairly run-of-the-mill supplier for using underage workers while basically ignoring its much larger (but harder) problem of Foxconn was promotional in nature?


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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow