Taiwan's Hon Hai to build $50 mln plant in Russia

TAIPEI, March 12 (Reuters) - Hon Hai 2317.TW, Taiwan's top electronics parts maker, plans to build a 32.3 million euro ($49.6 million) plant in Russia, the company said on Wednesday, as it expands in countries with low production costs.

“The plant could be used to manufacture products such as mobile phones, computer components and different types of electronics,” said Arthur Huang, a company spokesman.

Huang added that construction on the project, which was approved by the board on Monday, could start this year but did not give a specific timetable.

Hon Hai has major production facilities in China, Mexico, Hungary, India, Finland and the Czech Republic, and last July announced plans to invest $1 billion in a facility in Hanoi.

Hon Hai shares had risen 1.95 percent to T$183.00 by 0350 GMT, outperforming the main TAIEX index's .TWII 1.18 percent gain.

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co makes iPods and iPhones for Apple Inc AAPL.O, as well as desktop computers and components for Dell Inc DELL.O, Hewlett-Packard Co HPQ.N and Sony Corp 6758.T.

It also makes computer components under its own Foxconn 2354.TW brand name and has been selling the products through channel distributors since mid-2004.

Last year, Hon Hai said it planned to invest $1 billion in China’s coastal city of Qinhuangdao and in northeastern provinces where labour costs are low.

The Taiwan firm has also expressed interest in setting up plants in China’s Inner Mongolia region as costs and living standards rise in China’s coastal cities. (US$1=T$30.5) ($1=.6513 Euro) (Reporting by Sheena Lee; Editing by Edmund Klamann)