Foxconn Receives 10,000 Robots to Replace Human Factory Workers
November 14, 2012 3:01 PM
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One of Foxconn's new robots
The electronics manufacturer will receive another 20,000 robots before the end of 2012
Foxconn plans to replace 1 million of its human factory workers in China with robots, and the first 10,000 have already been installed.
At least one Foxconn factory in China has received 10,000 robots for the purpose of replacing human workers. These robots, which were manufactured in house and are called "Foxbots," are capable of doing simple tasks like lifting, making selections and placing items where they belong. They will act much like assembly line robots.
, each robot costs about $20,000-$25,000.
Last year, Foxconn President Terry Gou said he wanted to replace 1 million factory workers in China with 1 million robots. This was likely due to the number of problems Foxconn has had with human employees over the years.
The company came under fire earlier this year when
The New York Times
published a massive article
on the working conditions of Foxconn factories. Apple was also targeted because the report mentioned Apple's lack of action when receiving reports on these poor working environments and overtime/pay issues.
Foxconn gave employees a pay boost earlier this year and is cleaning its act up slowly but surely to comply with audits.
But it seems Foxconn just doesn't want to deal with human employees at all anymore. While it will take a long time to replace all 1 million workers with 1 million robots, the electronics manufacturer will receive another 20,000 robots before the end of 2012 -- bringing its total to 30,000 for the year. Foxconn hopes to continue increasing this number over the coming years.
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RE: Building your replacment
11/15/2012 11:51:22 AM
China doesn't even care about China, their workers can die their people can suffer, they have the money,the military, the numbers, the goods. They will win as the U.S goes over the fiscal Cliff. WW3 comin in the next 20 years max
RE: Building your replacment
11/15/2012 2:39:29 PM
Have you been reading up on China's economy lately? They are not looking that great and they are losing jobs left and right now. They need money from something also to support their government, we'll see how they hold up.
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