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One Million Robots to Take Over Jobs of Foxconn Workers

By - Source: Xinhua News Agency | B 4 comments

Foxconn aims to use one million robots in three years time as part of an effort to tackle rising labor costs.

Foxconn's employment practices often make the news and the company last week hit the headlines once again. This time, it's the company's intention to use robots to replace some of its staff that has chins wagging. Xinhua News Agency cites Foxconn founder and chairman Terry Gou as saying the company plans to replace a portion of its staff with one million robots to cut rising labor expenses and improve efficiency. According to Xinhua, Foxconn currently uses 10,000 robots. the electronics giant aims to up this number to 300,000 next year and one million in three years time.

Foxconn currently employs over 900,000 people in its factories. Gou says the robots will be performing simple tasks such as spraying, welding and assembling. These are all tasks currently carried out by human employees.

Reuters cites Gartner analyst C.K. Lu who says thanks to sharply rising employment costs, Foxconn essentially has no choice but to replace workers with robots.

"Rising salary costs should be the key reason why Foxconn is doing this. This year's wage increase has been quite significant and I don't expect the pace to slow down next year," Lu said, adding, "If they don't do this, they will have to move their factories elsewhere."

Further Reading

Xinhua News Agency: Foxconn to replace workers with 1 million robots in 3 years

Reuters: Foxconn to rely more on robots; could use 1 million in 3 years

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    udg , 7 August 2011 15:03
    They more than likely just trying to get rid of as many people as possible after the suicide thing.
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    guanyu210379 , 7 August 2011 15:19
    When will he capitalists learn, that by firing people and replacing them with machine, is like digging their own grave.
    If people loose job they will loose money and loose their buying ability. Once the power to buy something is gone, there is no way someone gonna sell something.
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    acer0169 , 7 August 2011 22:25
    guanyu210379When will he capitalists learn, that by firing people and replacing them with machine, is like digging their own grave.If people loose job they will loose money and loose their buying ability.


    Foxconn use incredibly poor (and often underage) workers - they're not selling motherboards to the people that make them ;) 
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    flaminggerbil , 9 August 2011 03:59
    Saw this change in China coming from a mile away, as living expenses and wages rise it'll soon be time for the dirt cheap mass production of everything to move to another, poorer country.