June Production Update: Getting ready for mass production
It’s busier than ever at Fairphone’s production partner Guohong, and we’re counting down until mass production starts. While you wait for your new Fairphone, we wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what’s been happening in the factory in China the past couple weeks.
Design and production testing
Before final system assembly starts, there are a number of other assembly and testing steps that need to be completed to create the sub-assemblies used in the phones. One of the key steps is the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) assembly, when the components used on the main and secondary boards are populated and soldered on the surface of the PCBs. A few hundred PCBs have already been successfully assembled and tested, to ensure the complete integrity of the process.
When will phones be delivered?
As it currently stands, mass production is scheduled to start in July, so that first Fairphones will be shipped to customers in mid-July rolling throughout the summer.
Once full production begins, the remaining phones will be shipped in batches of 1,000 to 5,000 phones. New owners will receive a shipping confirmation e-mail with tracking code as soon as phones are ready to be delivered.
Worker Welfare Fund representative elections this week
Our final news from the factory is about the Worker Welfare Fund. This week, Fairphone Communications Director Tessa Wernink and Chief Sustainability Officer, Sean Ansett, joined me in China to take part in a major milestone for the Worker Welfare Fund: the worker representative elections. On 18 June, we closed the applications for candidates and spent the following days making campaign posters and communicating with the workers about the voting process.