Foxconn Chinese company announced the dismissal of most employees. This does not mean, however, that the company is terminated. They just do not need people anymore and are going to replace them with robots.
Experts estimate that over the next several years, robots will receive at least tens of millions of jobs. Unfortunately, this is an inevitable future that will soon affect all employees of the Foxconn group, producing smartphones for Apple.
Foxconn has been working on automated production lines for several years, which will not only significantly speed up the process of manufacturing new equipment, but will, above all, reduce operating costs. Dai Jia-peng, manager of China’s technology automation division, told DigiTimes that a three-step plan to replace robots by humans has already begun.
In the first phase, the workers in the factories will be replaced by robots working on individual workstations. They will deal with tasks that are too dangerous for a human being or those people do not want to do.
The second stage of the plan will include the acquisition of the whole production line by the robots, while the third phase of the project will minimize the presence of people in the factories. From now on, they will only be supervised, inspected and tested.
Dai Jia-peng explained that Foxconn factories in Chengdu, Shenzhen and Zhengzhou are already at the second and third stages of the project. In the case of Zhengzhou, where nearly half of all iPhones are produced, production lines are already fully automated.