Foxconn to replace workers with 1 million robots

Tim Grey
1 August, 2011
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Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is planning to replace workers with 1 million robots in an effort to address rising labour costs, the company’s chairman and founder Terry Gou said over the weekend.

According to Xinhuanet the company, which currently assembles the iPhone and iPad for Apple, already uses 10,000 robots and plans to install another 300,000 in the coming year.

The company employs 1.2 million human workers – the great majority of them on the Chinese mainland – some of whom will be out of a job once their mechanical counterparts come online.

Foxconn has struggled to meet demand for Apple products over recent years, but has also come under intense scrutiny for the string of deaths, poisonings, explosions, poor working conditions and suicides.

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