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No word on if TV panels will be made in the US

Foxconn and TV manufacturer Vizio could have an even cozier relationship in the United States by the end of 2014. Foxconn has already made it clear that it wants to open up a TV manufacturing line stateside, and it looks as though the company could kick things off with large screen Vizio TVs.
 
It doesn’t make financial sense for Foxconn to manufacturer 120-inch panels and ship them to the U.S., so having a manufacturing facility closer to the target market makes sense.
 
“We have many big projects in the U.S. coming up,” said Foxconn chairman Terry Gou. “For instance, is it possible to make our 120-inch TVs in Taiwan and ship them over? It’s impossible. We have to make them on site.”


Vizio 120" Reference Series UHD TV
 
Gou also talked about his future at the company and how he wants to pass the leadership baton on to newer, younger leaders.
 
“I believe I can work for another decade, but even if I do, I want to change the type of work I am doing,” said the 63-year-old executive. “I am trying to decrease the influence of Terry Gou at Foxconn.”
 
Gou also said that Foxconn wanted to hire an additional 15,000 engineers this year in Taiwan, but that the company is having trouble rounding up that many warm bodies. Perhaps this revelation will help to speed up Foxconn’s efforts to robotize its workforce with the help of Google.

Source: WSJ





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wat
By lagomorpha on 2/17/2014 10:15:26 AM , Rating: 2
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Gou also said that Foxconn wanted to hire an additional 15,000 engineers this year in Taiwan, but that the company is having trouble rounding up that many warm bodies. Perhaps this revelation will help to speed up Foxconn’s efforts to robotize its workforce with the help of Google.


I was under the impression that robots replacing engineers was still a few years off.




RE: wat
By Brandon Hill on 2/17/2014 10:18:27 AM , Rating: 2
From the linked DT article:

quote:
Instead, he hoped to have "monotonous" tasks eliminated through automation within a few years and fully automated plants in five to 10 years.


RE: wat
By tng on 2/18/2014 3:00:39 PM , Rating: 2
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I was under the impression that robots replacing engineers was still a few years off.
Engineers can't be replaced with robotics, just saying.


RE: wat
By RU482 on 2/18/2014 5:37:58 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno, I've met a lot of Taiwan and Chinese Engineers over the last few years. Closest damn thing to a robot I've ever seen


RE: wat
By tng on 2/19/2014 12:59:35 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, same here.


Well
By pyrojack on 2/17/2014 3:54:39 PM , Rating: 2
Good for America, I guess. Looks like we'll be seeing a few job openings in manufacturing!

I'm not surprised. Vizio would benefit from a low cost manufacturer as it tends to compete mostly in the low and mid-end TVs.




RE: Well
By RU482 on 2/18/2014 5:39:53 PM , Rating: 2
additionally, I like the sound of Vizio getting into 120" sets. I've got a 7 yr old Hitachi 50" on it's last leg, holding out for nicely priced and featured 70-80" If Vizio is headed that way, I bet others are too


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