In­ven­tec to in­stall 3,000 robots for hand­set pro­duc­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan’s In­ven­tec Corp. ( ), a ma­jor sup­plier of Chi­nese phone brand Xiaomi Inc. ( ), said Tues­day that it plans to in­stall 3,000 robots at its hand­set fac­to­ries in the com­ing year as part of a “smart man­u­fac­tur­ing” ini­tia­tive.

In­ven­tec be­gan the ini­tia­tive in July last year and has bought as many as 300 robots from sev­eral sup­pli­ers to in­stall in its Chi­nese fac­to­ries, said David Ho chief ex­ec­u­tive of In­ven­tec’s hand­set sub­sidiary, In­ven­tec Ap­pli­ance Corp. The com­pany ex­pects to pur­chase another 3,000 robots from July this year to June next year, putting roughly 5,000 work­ers out of work, Ho said.

The robots are ex­pected to cost In­ven­tec around US$20 mil­lion to US$30 mil­lion, while the com­pany will de­velop so­lu­tions for robots that will be in­te­grated with soft­ware and hard­ware, ac­cord­ing to Ho.

In the third year of the smart man­u­fac­tur­ing ini­tia­tive be­tween 2016 and 2017, In­ven­tec aims to de­sign robots on its own and to cre­ate a busi­ness model to help its sup­pli­ers and ven­dors build prod­uct au­to­ma­tion us­ing robots, he added.

In­ven­tec has forecast that ship­ments of smart hand­held de­vices will in­crease from 30 mil­lion units in 2014 to 70 mil­lion in 2015, helped largely by in­creas­ing or­ders from ma­jor cus­tomers like Xiaomi and growth in tablet com­put­ers.

Xiaomi, the lead­ing smart­phone brand in China by do­mes­tic ship­ments, aims to ship 100 mil­lion smart­phones this year, of which In­ven­tec is ex­pected to re­ceive 50 per­cent of the or­ders, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal media re­ports.

In­ven­tec Chair­man Up­beat about

HTC’s Busi­ness Out­look

The chair­man of In­ven­tec said Tues­day that he re­mains up­beat about the prospects for smart­phone maker HTC Corp. ( ).

Richard Lee ( ) said af­ter In­ven­tec’s meet­ing with share­hold­ers that he is a loyal user of HTC smart­phones be­cause of HTC’s strong abil­ity to in­no­vate and sta­ble prod­uct qual­ity. Lee said he re­mained “op­ti­mistic” about HTC’s busi­ness out­look but sug­gested that the phone ven­dor in­vest more in ad­just­ing its mar­ket­ing, cost struc­ture and au­to­ma­tion strate­gies.

To stand out from com­peti­tors, a smart­phone brand like HTC should stream­line its high-end prod­uct line to one or two mod­els, keep up with com­peti­tors by of­fer­ing low-cost fea­ture-rich prod­ucts, and tar­get the right con­sumers in the mar­ket, Lee said. Lee’s re­marks came af­ter HTC cut its sales forecast for the sec­ond quar­ter on June 5, cit­ing lower- than- ex­pected global de­mand for high-end An­droid de­vices and the com­pany’s weak sales in China.

HTC low­ered its sec­ond-quar­ter sales forecast to NT$33 bil­lionNT$36 bil­lion (US$1.06 bil­lionUS$1.16 bil­lion) from its pre­vi­ous es­ti­mate of NT$46 bil­lion-NT$51 bil­lion, which was made April 28.

The smart­phone maker also pro­jected a net loss of NT$9.7NT$9.94 per share for the AprilJune pe­riod, a re­vi­sion from an ear­lier forecast of NT$0.06NT$0.34 in earn­ings per share.

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