Want China Times
By: Staff Reporter
Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known by its trading name Foxconn,
the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer, plans to replace 30% of the workforce at its factories in China with industrial robots by 2020, reports Tencent’s tech news web portal.
Foxconn has been developing its own Foxbot robots since 2007 and its plants in Shenzhen and Jincheng, which have around 1,600 employees, produce 10,000 Foxbots every year. The robots are able to carry out more than 20 kinds of manufacturing tasks including pressing, printing, polishing, packaging, testing and more. The company has developed over 50,000 workable industrial robots and thousands of items of automated equipment.
The robots are likely to replace workers in what is called “3D” working environments — that is, dirty, dangerous and dull, said Day Chia-peng, president of Foxconn’s automation technology development committee. [FULL STORY]