Suicide cause of Hon Hai employee death: Media

TAIPEI - An employee of a subsidiary of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd that was found dead in the Chinese city of Shenzhen committed suicide, according to Chinese media reports.

In a statement released Tuesday, the company, which goes by the name Foxconn Technology Group in China, said that a 22-year-old male employee was found dead outside a residential building near its Shenzhen manufacturing facility, without specifying the cause of death.

Chinese media on Wednesday reported that the man worked on Foxconn's assembly line and had jumped from the building's seventh floor.

A representative for Hon Hai in Taipei said on Wednesday that the residential building is not owned by Foxconn, without commenting further.

Hon Hai, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, assembles Apple Inc's iPhones, iPads and laptops, as well as computers and servers for Hewlett-Packard Co and Cisco Systems Inc.

It is looking to expand beyond China, where its massive production base has come under fire from international labour groups after a series of suicides and accidents since 2010.