Shenzhen Company Bans Employees From Using Apple Products

By Bryan Grogan, December 12, 2018

1 0

A Shenzhen-based LED screen company called Menpad has banned employees from using Apple products for three years in a show of support for Chinese tech companies. The move was sparked after Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was recently arrested in Canada. Meng was released on bail in Vancouver today after spending ten days in Canadian custody. 

According to an announcement released on Menpad's website earlier in December, they will fine employees 100 percent of the cost of whatever Apple product they buy in the course of the next three years. 

Screengrab via Sohu

According to Technode, the company will also subsidise 15 percent of purchases by employees who snap up Huawei and ZTE products instead. 

Ms. Sun, a marketing employee at the company, told That's “we introduced the new rule following the recent arrest of Meng [Wanzhou], and as a patriotic Chinese, our boss wanted to show support for Huawei, a company that China takes pride in. The new rule will be in place over the next three years."

READ MORE: Huawei CFO Granted Bail of USD7.5 Million in Vancouver

Also stipulated in the announcement by the company was the fact that employees are not allowed to buy American cars, although they will be rewarded with double commissions if they manage to export products to the US. 

It has been bad news of late for Apple, after older iPhone models were deemed illegal for sale in a Chinese court for violating two patents of chipmaker Qualcomm. According to Reuters, the ban is part of a global battle between the two American multinational companies, which just happens to have spilt over into China. 

READ MORE: Huawei CFO Arrested in Canada, Faces US Extradition

[Cover image via Unsplash]

more news

Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 in Shenzhen

Buffets, flower fairs and more. Time to treat yourself.

Coronavirus Cases Spread to Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen

Two cases have been reported in Beijing and Shenzhen, and one in Shanghai.

PHOTOS: New Pig Cafe Opens in Shenzhen

Pigs are friends not food.

The 7 Best Things to Do This Week in Shenzhen

Your weekly guide to the best of Shenzhen.

Duke’s at the Langham, Shenzhen Presents a Classic British Roast Dinner

Every Wednesday night from January 7 to February 7, Duke’s will be presenting a traditional British roast dinner.

China’s Largest KFC Opens in Shenzhen

Don’t ever question the people’s love for the Colonel.

The 9 Best Things to Do This Week in Shenzhen

Your weekly guide to the best of Shenzhen.

Who Won What at the That's Food & Drink Awards 2019 in Shenzhen

On December 19, we held our annual Food & Drink Awards ceremony in Shenzhen and we’re happy to report it was a resounding success.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at ThatsShenzhen for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Shenzhen With

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday


Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's PRD!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.