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Foxconn Struggling to Replace Manual Workers with Robots

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Plans by Foxconn Technology to migrate some of its Chinese factory work to robots have been beset by problems.

The company has reportedly set up only around 15,000 industrial robots operational at its production plants in China so far, which far lags behind its schedule of installing a total of 300,000 units this year.

Citing industry sources, the Taiwan Economic News said that the company has been deploying robots into its plants in Guangdong and Shanxi to replace tasks that are deemed dangerous, tedious and repetitive.

The company had planned to have a million robots working in its factories within the next three years, but that target is now looking increasingly unlikely.

The move to robots was seen as a response to rising labour costs in China and demands for improved working conditions. However, migration away from the coast to inland cities has helped stem wage inflation concerns for factories making the high up-front investment in robots less economical.

On the web: Taiwan Economic News

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