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Pegatron defends Shanghai plant in wake of deaths

TAIPEI--Taiwan-based Pegatron Corp., which has been accused of fostering a harsh working environment at its Shanghai complex, said yesterday that working conditions at the facility were as good as in Taiwan's Hsinchu Science Park.

Although Pegatron, which assembles the iPhone 5C and iPad mini for Apple Inc., does not have a production facility in the Hsinchu park, the company said it had adopted the park's high standards to build and operate its Shanghai factory.

The science park houses many high-tech companies, including the world's largest contract chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and its smaller rival United Microelectronics Corp., and serves as a backbone of Taiwan's high-tech exports.

In a statement issued Friday, Pegatron defending itself against accusations that its working conditions were subpar, saying the company always follows strict rules to provide its employees with a workplace where they can feel comfortable and safe.

Company Chairman T.H. Tung even said the working conditions at the Shanghai plant are better than in the Taiwanese science park.

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