Apple supplier Pegatron has confirmed that an explosion at one of the company's subsidiary plants has resulted in the injury of more than 60 employees. The blast occurred at a Shanghai factory operated by RiTeng Computer Accessory, which counts HP and Asus among its clients and is owned by Pegatron, an Apple supplier. Engadget reports that the company was in the middle of a trial production of aluminum iPad 2 back panels when the explosion happened.
According to a filing with the Taiwan stock exchange (via the Register), the incident took place at about 3pm on December 17. It is described as a minor explosion that "occurred at particle collecting equipments." Staff suffering injuries after the explosion were taken to the hospital. The filing, which was submitted on Friday, states they were kept in for observation.
The explosion is expected to have minimal impact on production or business operation and the company has said it will make 'the best effort' to provide medical treatment and assistance for affected employees. The equipment damaged by the explosion will be tuned and used once it has been adjusted. The cause of the explosion has not yet been determined, but a preliminary investigation points to aluminum dust.
This is the second explosion this year at an Apple supplier. Back in May, an explosion at one of the factories Apple uses to make the iPad 2 has claimed the lives of three workers.