Foxconn to use 1m robots to replace workers
Updated: 2011-08-01 11:07
By Ben Yue (chinadaily.com.cn)
Foxconn Technology Group plans to use 1 million robots to replace simple working employees over a three-year span, China Business News reported on Monday, citing tycoon Terry Guo, who owns Foxconn.
Foxconn is the largest original equipment manufacture (OEM) electronics company in China and currently employs 1.2 million people along with implementing 10,000 robots.
The company has established an automation robotics division and is hiring engineers to design and fix the robots.
Experts said about 50 percent of the production process of electronic devices could be done by robots in the future.
Labor experts said robots stealing human employment positions will only happen on a small scale. In a long term, using robots will increase efficiency and enlarge employment.