Hon Hai aims to re­place 30% of work­force with robots

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan-based Hon Hai Pre­ci­sion In­dus­try Co. ( ), the world’s largest con­tract elec­tron­ics maker, said Thurs­day that it is plan­ning to re­place 30 per­cent of its work­force with robots within the next five years to im­prove man­u­fac­tur­ing ef­fi­ciency.

The ini­tia­tive will al­low Hon Hai to re­place mo­not­o­nous jobs with robots and al­lo­cate some of the 30 per­cent to higher- level tasks such as de­vel­op­ing soft­ware, en­gag­ing in e- com­merce busi­ness and de­sign­ing hu­man- com­puter in­ter­faces to im­prove ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and ro­bot man­age­ment, Hon Hai Chair­man Terry Gou ( ) said at a meet­ing with share­hold­ers.

In March this year, the Chi­nese web­site of Voice of Amer­ica re­ported that Hon Hai plans to in­tro­duce thou­sands of robots to re­place hu­man work­ers on its Chi­nese assem­bly lines to re­duce la­bor costs.

The move could help Hon Hai, known out­side Tai­wan as Fox­conn Tech­nol­ogy Group (

) , re­duce the risk of la­bor dis­putes in its fa­cil­i­ties in China af­ter a num­ber of em­ployee sui­cides have been re­ported at its Chi­nese fac­to­ries in the past few years, the re­port said, cit­ing la­bor rights ad­vo­cacy groups.

Hon Hai em­ploys about 1.3 mil­lion work­ers in its Chi­nese fac­to­ries.

New Smart­phone for

In­dus­trial Use

Hon Hai said Thurs­day that it has started pro­duc­tion of a new smart­phone for in­dus­trial use.

The pro­ject comes at a time when the per­for­mance of smart­phones has out­paced that of per­sonal com­put­ers, en­abling peo­ple to mon­i­tor a range of in­for­ma­tion via their smart­phones, Hon Hai Chair­man Terry Gou said at a share­hold­ers’ meet­ing.

Gou said he thinks the global smart­phone mar­ket will con­tinue to grow de­spite a re­cent slow­down, which he at­trib­uted to prod­uct port­fo­lio changes and the de­vel­op­ment of new ap­pli­ca­tions by hand­set com­pa­nies.

Hon Hai, known out­side of Tai­wan as Fox­conn Tech­nol­ogy Group, is the world’s largest elec­tron­ics con­tract man­u­fac­turer.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Taiwan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.