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  • Foxconn Reportedly Utilizing Robots and Replacing Workers


    Apple products that you buy in the future may very well be devices assembled by machines in Foxconn’s plants. The statement comes as Foxconn begins replacing its workers with robots with the move being made in order to improve efficiency at Foxconn’s Chinese plants, all while combatting rising labor costs at the same time.

    The company, which is China’s largest private-sector employer with more than 1.2 million workers, made the announcement of replacing one million humans with robots with the next three years, last year. Foxconn just recently began the process with an initial batch of 10,000 machines, appropriately named as “Foxbots,” coming into play. According to a report by CNET, another 20,000 robots are due by the end of the year. It should be noted that each of these robots cost $20,000 and $25,000 each, which is said to currently be around three times the amount of the average Foxconn worker’s salary. As with any machinery being added into the mix, the initial cost of deploying Foxbots will be significant but they are sure to help save money over time.

    The move as a whole is one that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as Foxconn has been scrutinized several times for its treatment of factory workers. Many accusations and cases of underage employment, poor wages, illegal overtime, and worker suicides have surfaced over the years. Apple has been working with the company throughout 2012 to help improve the working conditions in its factories, even going as far as seeking help from the Chinese Fair Labor Association, which has carried out inspections to highlight areas in which Foxconn must improve. The machines should help accelerate the process but in turn, leave many jobless.

    Source: TechWeb via CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Foxconn Reportedly Utilizing Robots and Replacing Workers started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. Jarolin Vargas's Avatar
      Jarolin Vargas -
      this is great. since foxconn is in china it wouldn't hurt American jobs. it will also mean faster/better/ production. and maybe cheaper iphones
    1. clack11's Avatar
      clack11 -
      LOL


      MEHthod?
    1. Banks4004's Avatar
      Banks4004 -
      the future is here
    1. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jarolin Vargas View Post
      this is great. since foxconn is in china it wouldn't hurt American jobs. it will also mean faster/better/ production. and maybe cheaper iphones
      Except if it hurts china's economy they may call the US for some of that money they owe. haha
    1. cockyjeremy's Avatar
      cockyjeremy -
      First it was "Wah, Apple uses a company that treats its employees badly." and now it'll be, "Wah, Apple uses a company that replaced employeed with robots and now the people have no jobs." Apple catches crap from whiny losers constantly.
    1. Sk8r4life66's Avatar
      Sk8r4life66 -
      Cheaper products and not efecting american jobs very good 
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      I didn't read the article yet, but Ummm finally !!!!!!
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      Lol Foxconn is full of it. The real reason they're converting is because robots don't complain about labor conditions and don't have unions.
    1. 1pop23's Avatar
      1pop23 -
      Wow... Over 1.2 million people employed there and now they are going to lay off 1 million of those jobs for robots... Does anyone else see something wrong here?
      I bet there will be riots to follow this
    1. Gaijinboy's Avatar
      Gaijinboy -
      Enter PEETOR--People for the Equal, Ethical Treatment Of Robots.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jarolin Vargas View Post
      this is great. since foxconn is in china it wouldn't hurt American jobs. it will also mean faster/better/ production. and maybe cheaper iphones
      Really. Thats not self-centered at all.

      At least you should all realize that whether or not foxconn had bad conditions people lined up to work there. Becuase it has better conditions than most other jobs in china and IT WAS A JOB! now dont come here complaining they are losing their jobs now after you guys complained about work enviroments.. Im not saying foxconn couldnt be doing more, but its not just them. Its the whole damn country thats making life hard on these people. First world citizens only know about foxconn cause the media is focusing on them like crazy
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by 1pop23 View Post
      Wow... Over 1.2 million people employed there and now they are going to lay off 1 million of those jobs for robots... Does anyone else see something wrong here?
      I bet there will be riots to follow this
      Wrong in your eyes. Welcome to the 21st century. But really, why would they keep people around if it costs less money and more efficient for robots. Productivity, demand, cost of production, end consumer. Buy all American if you that worried.
    1. Lohand's Avatar
      Lohand -
      What took so long? And can't robots be run managed and maintained on American soil? Oh, what it would do to the US manufacturing sector in general to have iDevices proudly display "Made in America!" It could be a huge momentum boost to the current wave of products made state side not to mention the ramifications for jobs and the economy. So Tim in reality the economy is in your hands not congress and that other guy. Sayin...
    1. Alluziion's Avatar
      Alluziion -
      Hope all the critics are happy now that they're constant whining and complaining will leave over a million people jobless and possibly homeless.
    1. Harambur's Avatar
      Harambur -
      the robots will be controlled by iphones.
    1. 1pop23's Avatar
      1pop23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      Wrong in your eyes. Welcome to the 21st century. But really, why would they keep people around if it costs less money and more efficient for robots. Productivity, demand, cost of production, end consumer. Buy all American if you that worried.
      We would be up in arms if these were Americans losing their jobs