the annual cost of a robot in China in 2014
products around the plant.
“Every year in July through September, many workers at the production line quit since the temperatures in some areas of the plant can get really high. As a result, we’ve had to constantly employ new workers,” explained Liu Zhiyun, the human resource manager, about the company’s decision to embrace automation.
However, despite the introduction of robots to the manufacturing process, Giti Tire has not axed too many of their workers. Instead, Liu said that employees who have had their jobs taken over by the robots now work in other sectors of the plant.
While the production capacity has been steadily growing, the number of workers at the plant has always been maintained at around 4,000.
“Robotics have also helped a lot in improving the product quality and this means that we can become more competitive in the market