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“Modern Times”, robots rapidly replacing workers in electronics factories

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Xu Yulian, head of Kunshan region PP.RR., said: “More companies are likely to follow suit.” China is investing heavily in a robot workforce. Xu Yulian, head of Kunshan region PP.RR., said: “More companies are likely to follow suit.” China is investing heavily in a robot workforce.
Foxconn Technology Group confirmed it was automating “many manufacturing tasks associated with our operations” but denied it meant long-term job losses. Foxconn Technology Group confirmed it was automating “many manufacturing tasks associated with our operations” but denied it meant long-term job losses.
Ex McDonald's CEO Ed Rensi told the US's Fox Business Program a minimum-wage increase to US$ 15 an hour would make companies consider robot workers. Ex McDonald's CEO Ed Rensi told the US's Fox Business Program a minimum-wage increase to US$ 15 an hour would make companies consider robot workers.
Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots. Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots.

Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots. One factory has “reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots”, a government official told the South China Morning Star.

 Xu Yulian, head of publicity for the Kunshan region, added: “More companies are likely to follow suit.” China is investing heavily in a robot workforce.

In a statement Foxconn Technology Group confirmed that it was automating “many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations” but denied that it meant long-term job losses.

“We are applying robotics engineering and other innovative manufacturing technologies to replace repetitive tasks previously done by employees, and through training, also enable our employees to focus on higher value-added elements in the manufacturing process, such as research and development, process control and quality control.

”We will continue to harness automation and manpower in our manufacturing operations, and we expect to maintain our significant workforce in China.”

Since September 2014, 505 factories across Dongguan, in the Guangdong province, have invested 4.2bn Yuan (£430m) in robots, aiming to replace thousands of workers. Kunshan, Jiangsu province, is a manufacturing hub for the electronics industry.

Economists have issued dire warnings about how automation will affect the job market, with one report, from consultants Deloitte in partnership with Oxford University, suggesting that 35% of jobs were at risk over the next 20 years.

Former McDonald's chief executive Ed Rensi recently told the US's Fox Business Program a minimum-wage increase to US$15 an hour would make companies consider robot workers.

“It's cheaper to buy a US$35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who is inefficient, making US$15 an hour bagging French fries,” he said.

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  • ChrisR

    Oh dear!

    China is going to face being dragged into the modern western world with respect to quality.

    Whilst there are some Chinese companies who can produce excellent quality products they are usually partnered with western businesses and do as they are told 'or else'.

    The rest just throw numbers at it and the result is just awful, hence the term I sue regarding the cars that used to be imported into Uruguay: Chinese Junk.

    Thankfully, the government are enforcing the law about complying with seat belts on all seats, brakes with ABS and EBF and compliance with the LatAm crash test programme.

    Chery, BYD (build your dreams), and other 'quality' producers are still with us but we shall see for how much longer given their lack of spares to keep what is already here running.

    May 30th, 2016 - 01:51 pm 0
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