In pictures: inside high-tech factories

Step inside the post-industrial environment of the high-tech facility. A selection of images from the last decade.

By William Maher on Apr 10, 2012
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Often clinical but sometimes chaotic in appearance, the modern technology factory is the antithesis of the slick marketing images for consumer electronics.

Off limits to the general public, they can also be fascinating. Controversy continues over the working conditions inside these places - Foxconn is perhaps the most high profile target of these claims. Here we look at a selection of images from various manufacturing facilities over the last decade: from Poland to Japan, China and elsewhere.

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Female workers of Japan's electronics giant Sony assemble the parts of MD Walkman at the company's Sakado plant, 50km north of Tokyo, 06 December 2001. Photo credit YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images
An employee of Japan's microprocessor maker Renesas Electronics works at the company's Naka wafer fabrication factory in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki prefecture on June 10, 2011. Renesas Electronics, a key microprocessor maker, said June 10 it would restore supply capacity to pre-March 11 earthquake levels by late September, a month earlier than planned. KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images
In a picture taken on May 26, 2010, Chinese workers assemble electronic components at the Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen, in the southern Guangzhou province. Foxconn on June 2, 2010 confirmed the death of another employee but denied he died of exhaustion following a spate of suicides at its Chinese plants. AFP/AFP/Getty Images
A motorcyclist rides past a Foxconn factory in Tucheng, Taipei county, on May 25. 2010. A 19-year-old employee of Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn fell to his death at the company's plant in southern China -- the tenth such death this year, state media reported. SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images
Workers test the Chinese-made 'Konka' television sets at a semi-hightech factory in Shenzhen, southern China's Guangdong province on December 19, 2008. For many years, Guangdong province in the south of China was regarded as the sweatshop of the world, but is now seeking to move into a more high technology sector, a transition which is accelerated by the current global financial crisis. STR/AFP/Getty Images
Workers produce the Chinese-made handsets 'Spice' at a semi-hightech factory in Shenzhen, southern China's Guangdong province on December 19, 2008. STR/AFP/Getty Images
A worker checks the Chinese-made handsets 'Spice' produced at a semi-hightech factory in Shenzhen, southern China's Guangdong province on December 19, 2008. STR/AFP/Getty Images
An employee works at Dell Computer Corporation's plant in Lodz, central Poland, 23 January 2008. GRZEGORZ MICHALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Indonesian labourers work in a Samsung factory August 15, 2006 in Cikarang, Indonesia. The South Korean company employs some 1700 people in the factory, manufacturing consumer electronics. Photo by Dimas Ardian/Getty Images
Indonesian labourers work in a Samsung factory August 15, 2006 in Cikarang, Indonesia. Photo by Dimas Ardian/Getty Images.
Indonesian labourers work in a Samsung factory August 15, 2006 in Cikarang, Indonesia. The South Korean company employs some 1700 people in the factory, manufacturing consumer electronics. Photo by Dimas Ardian/Getty Images
Engineers of United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) push trollies with front opening universal pod (FOUP), containing 25-piece wafers inside, at the 12-inch UMC wafer factory in Tainan Science Park, southern Taiwan, 28 April 2006. SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images
Masked employees maintain the equipment at a 12-inch United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) wafer factory in Tainan Science Park, southern Taiwan, 28 April 2006. SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images
An engineer of United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) checks a wafer inside a machine at the company's wafer factory in Tainan Science Park, southern Taiwan, 28 April 2006. SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images
HAMBRAN, INDIA: Production line workers for India's Bharti Teletech Ltd. puts the final touches to telephones at a company factory in the village of Hambran, some 150kms west of Chandigarh, 22 September 2005. NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images
A security guard on duty at the Intel Assembly and Test Factory on August 24, 2005 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China. The 400-million-dollar project, the biggest investment by Intel in China, will begin operations later this year. Intel has announced plans to construct a second factory for advanced semiconductor assembly and testing in Chengdu. Photo by China Photos/Getty Images
A worker works at the Intel Assembly and Test Factory on August 24, 2005 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China. Photo by China Photos/Getty Images
Chinese workers at one of the largest Taiwanese investment in China, the Hua Ying Guang Dian company limited's factory which produces LCDs, in Fuzhou, southeast China's Fujian province 24 January 2005. STR/AFP/Getty Images
Filipina workers assemble micro motor fans for computers at the Sanyo Denki plant in Subic Bay industrial area, northern Philippines, 24 August 2003. The Japanese plant employing 1,530 Filipino workers exports its products to Japan. ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images
A worker prepares colour television sets on a production line at Japanese giant Sony Corp.'s Malaysian factory in Kajang, 02 October 2000. JIMIN LAI/AFP/Getty Images
FUQING, CHINA: Workers inspect data boards at an assembly line at the Top Victory Electronics Corp. factory in Fuqing, in the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian 25 February 2000. The factory, solely-owned by Taiwan's leading computer manufacturer Acer Inc, is one of Taiwan's most successful investments in the mainland. STEPHEN SHAVER/AFP/Getty Images
Photo taken 06 December 2001 shows employees of Japan's electronics giant Sony's Sakado plant making MD players in suburban Tokyo. YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images

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