Production disruption in China is everyone’s nightmare in the IT supply chain in the wake of the coronavirus. Many makers are raising their production outside of China, and Apple reportedly is shifting its oreders to assembly lines in Taiwan for an array of products. But for Taiwan-based Foxconn – Apple’s major partner for making its iPhone devices in China – the epidemic is creating tremendous pressure on its production at its plants that employ hundreds of thousdands of workers – managment of whom would be a big challenge as far as health monitoring is concerned. The outlook of Foxconn’s sales in first-quarter 2020 is rather gloomy. At any rate, global handset shipments are likely to fall sharply even if the virus can be contained at the end of June.