Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn) appointed a senior project manager to head its huge iPhone assembly business, which was hit by production disruption in China in the final quarter of 2022 and is looking to diversify its supply chain, Bloomberg reported.

Michael Chiang, senior new product introduction project manager at Foxconn, replaces veteran Wang Charng-yang, who will remain a board member, the news outlet wrote.

A spike in Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases at its largest iPhone assembly facility in China and widespread protests about working conditions slowed output of iPhones in the final quarter.

Foxconn’s largest client Apple pushed for some production to be moved out of China, with The Wall Street Journal reporting the US company is also looking to reduce its dependency on the company by spreading out work among a larger base of suppliers.

The manufacturer reportedly accelerated a shift of some production of Apple’s flagship smartphone from China to India.

Foxconn posted slower revenue growth in Q4 2022 and declined to release a forecast for the current quarter.