South China Morning Post is reporting that Foxconn - the company that makes iPhones for Apple, has replaced more than fifty-percent of their workforce with robots.
“The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000, thanks to the introduction of robots. It has tasted success in reduction of labour costs,” said the department’s head Xu Yulian.
According to the government’s publicity department, thirty-five Taiwanese companies have spent US$6 billion on artificial intelligence, in the last year alone. However, the loss of jobs by robots is not going over well with a population of roughly 2.4 million (2014 census) - an increase from 1.65 million in 2010. Kunshan is half the size of neighbouring Shanghai, with two-thirds of the workforce being migrant workers.
With almost twenty million smartphones manufactured in Kunshan's hi-tech industrial area last year, companies like Foxconn are hoping their investment(s) into automated robots will help to increase production in order to bridge future demand.