“As 2011 grows closer to conclusion, Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer which assembles products for Apple, Sony and Nokia, has big plans for 2012,” Chris Chang reports for M.I.C. Gadget.

“The company aims to build more plants in inland regions to reduce labor costs, and most interestingly, 300,000 robots will be added to the assembly line but will not lay-off any workers according to comments made by founder and chairman Terry Gou,” Chang reports. “Gou said that the company will produce roughly 1,000 robots a day to perform routine and riskier jobs such as spraying, welding and assembling which are now mainly conducted by workers. Adding 300,000 robots to the assembly line won’t affect current staff, and guess what, Foxconn currently has 10,000 robots; in the next year, this number should jump to 300,000 and up to 1 million in the next three years. You may ask, how were the robots built? Ok, there’s a ‘robot kingdom’ in Taiwan.”

Chang reports, “According to Focus Taiwan, Foxconn was building a $223 million “robot kingdom” in the Central Taiwan Science Park in the Taiwanese city of Taichung. The research and development center and manufacturing hub is part of Gou’s ambitious plan to build one million industrial robots.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]