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Foxconn to Use More Robots to Replace Workers in Next Three Years

Your next iPhone could be assembled with even more robot hands, according to the latest report from Xinhua News Agency. Taiwanese-based Foxconn, the maker of Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad will be introducing robots to replace the work of physical labour over the next three 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.

The robots will be used to do simple and routine work such as spraying, welding and assembling which are now mainly conducted by workers, said Gou at a workers’ dance party Friday night

We last heard of Foxconn improving their yield and production rates to prevent contracts from leaving to their competitors. It was reported Apple placed an order for 15 million iPhone 5 units with rival Pegatron Technology.

Currently, the company employs 10,000 robots but that will grow to 300,000 over the next year, and 1 million in three years according to their founder. Foxconn has been in the media spotlight due to harsh working conditions, with worker suicides plaguing their factories in China.

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  • ANdy

    Great… Now we have to worry about robots committing suicide.

  • ANdy

    Great… Now we have to worry about robots committing suicide.

  • ANdy

    Great… Now we have to worry about robots committing suicide.

  • ANdy

    Great… Now we have to worry about robots committing suicide.

  • ANdy

    Great… Now we have to worry about robots committing suicide.

  • ANdy

    Great… Now we have to worry about robots committing suicide.

  • ANdy

    Great… Now we have to worry about robots committing suicide.

  • ANdy

    Great… Now we have to worry about robots committing suicide.

  • ANdy

    Great… Now we have to worry about robots committing suicide.

  • Kenneth Bokor

    Thats sad at least it give people a job many workers support their families with this work.

    I am one consumer that does not mind to wait a little longer for a product knowing human hands were involved.

  • Kenneth Bokor

    Thats sad at least it give people a job many workers support their families with this work.

    I am one consumer that does not mind to wait a little longer for a product knowing human hands were involved.

  • Kenneth Bokor

    Thats sad at least it give people a job many workers support their families with this work.

    I am one consumer that does not mind to wait a little longer for a product knowing human hands were involved.

  • Luca

    That very sad how a robot will replace people

  • Luca

    That very sad how a robot will replace people

  • Luca

    That very sad how a robot will replace people

  • Luca

    That very sad how a robot will replace people

  • http://www.zadig.ca Mario Gaucher

    By the way with the number of suicides they had in Foxconn factories was lower than the China average…
    Yes even one is too much… But the way you write it, it looks like that there was hundreds and hundreds of suicides… This is not the case…

  • http://www.zadig.ca Mario Gaucher

    By the way with the number of suicides they had in Foxconn factories was lower than the China average…
    Yes even one is too much… But the way you write it, it looks like that there was hundreds and hundreds of suicides… This is not the case…

  • http://www.zadig.ca Mario Gaucher
  • http://www.zadig.ca Mario Gaucher
  • Ryansgold1

    Bring the robots and jobs back to north america. With the decrease cost of having robots apple could probly build its products here while having north americans run them. Win win

  • Ryansgold1

    Bring the robots and jobs back to north america. With the decrease cost of having robots apple could probly build its products here while having north americans run them. Win win