Foxconn’s Founder and Executive Chairman, Terry Gou, has this week gone on the record stating the company is set to replace a number of its current workforce with 1 Million robot workers.
Currently operating with 10,000 robots and 1.2 Million real workers on its factory floors, Foxconn aims to expand its automated production lines by adding 300,000 more robots to its workforce next year. The company intends to create a majority in automated production workforce, with the help of 1 Million robots, by 2014.
The robots will be used to accomplish basic tasks like spraying, wielding, and assembling. Foxconn currently employs 1.2 million people, therefore one million robots could potentially be a big hit on employment in China.
According to the press release issued over the weekend, the move is said to be due to the need to “cut rising labor expenses and improve efficiency.”
Foxconn currently holds manufacturing contracts for most of Apple’s product lines, including the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad 2. The firm is also responsible for producing most of Apple’s Macintosh desktop and notebooks lines, as well as holding contracts for other firms, such as Sony and Nokia.[AllThingsD via 9to5Mac]