Foxconn to replace some workers with 1 million robots within 3 years

“Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn will replace some of its workers with 1 million robots in three years to cut rising labor expenses and improve efficiency, said Terry Gou, founder and chairman of the company, late Friday,” Xinhua News reports.

“The company currently has 10,000 robots and the number will be increased to 300,000 next year and 1 million in three years, according to Gou,” Xinhua News reports. “Foxconn, the world’s largest maker of computer components which assembles products for Apple [and other companies]… currently employs 1.2 million people, with about 1 million of them based on the Chinese mainland.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Edward W. for the heads up.]


    1. There are several foremost industrial robot manufacturers in the world, one of which is ABB of Switzerland, Fujitsu in Japan and a few smaller ones in the U.S. and Canada, but these specialize in wafer fabrication robotics and to a smaller extent warehouse distribution and stacking. ABB & Fujitsu manufacture assembly line robotics which are currently used in car and to a smaller extent truck assembly.

    2. -> Michael A. Robson


      1. The only difference between conservatives and liberal on economics is their method of welfare; conservatives with Corporate welfare and Liberals with Social Welfare.

        Conservatives are against taxing the job creators but don’t mind dumping taxes on consumers who buy the goods, you know, the middle class who buy goods – the other job creators.

        You can only cut taxes and interest rates for so long until their is nothing left to cut. Then what do you stimulate the economy with? Under conservative theory they seem to imply the economy with always be great with no taxes.

        That’s non-sense… plus, without taxes we either give up all public services like parks, libraries, highways or turn them all into tollways and charge admission.

      2. @ Data

        You might want to watch the new version of BattleStar Galactica. The robots turned on their makers after being treated like shit for too long.

        I’d be careful what you say about robots.

    1. How would that help or change much of anything? I actually thought there would be more vaginal defecation splattered on that topic by now. Oh it’s the Sabbath, nevermind.

  1. A lot of Chinese workers stand to lose their jobs over the next three years. This is the type of thing that is going to happen worldwide over the next decade. Better learn to design, program, or maintain robots.

  2. The article I read went into more detail “Foxconn has created a new division to develop and manufacture the robots called Skynet. The 1st models are T100’s but the new division plans on a series of models including T800 and T1000’s. The company has received permission from Apple to use the company’s recently purchased patents in liquid metal, especially ones dealing with mimetic polyalloy.”

  3. Although China’s labor cost is in upward trend at an increasing rate, China still present a HUGH opportunity for AAPL (and others)

    If AAPL able to bring iPhones and iPads to the remaining 2 China telecommunication companies (however all 3 are owned by China’s Communist Party!!), AAPL shareholders will be rewarded extremely handsomely 🙂

  4. Working an assembly line is a mind numbing experience. If you have ever done it you know what I mean. I’ve always felt sorry for Foxconn and other assembly line workers who do the same thing over, and over, and over, and over and over all day long.

    Loosing your job, something I also know about first hand, is not desirable either.

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