Foxconn has replaced more than half its workers with robots

Apple supplier among many Taiwanese industrial companies shifting to automation.

@seanridgeley
Published Wed, May 25 2016 4:18 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:59 AM CST

Apple supplier Foxconn has replaced 60,000 of its 110,000 employees with robots since 2014, according to the local Kunshan, China government's publicity department. As many as 600 other companies in the region are expected to follow suit.

Foxconn has replaced more than half its workers with robots | TweakTown.com

Foxconn and 34 other Taiwanese companies spent a total of about $610 million on artificial intelligence last year.

An industrial explosion in Kunshan in 2014 -- blamed on lacking safety standards and "haphazard industrialisation" -- caused economic harm and cost the region some pride, and is believed to be the primary cause of the shift to automation.

NEWS SOURCE:scmp.com

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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