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As the iPhone 6 production is nearing, it seems that Foxconn is trying to ensure the manufacturing process runs as ...
As the iPhone 6 production is nearing, it seems that Foxconn is trying to ensure the manufacturing process runs as smoothly as possible. In a shareholder meeting, Foxconn's President and Chief Executive, Terry Gou, announced that the company plans to employ an army of robots to assemble the new smartphone line by Apple.
10, 000 “Foxbots” are said to be in the final testing stages, and are expected to pop out 300 million iPhones per year, or an average of 30,000 devices per robot in Foxconn's initial production run.
Each robot costs between $20,000 and $25,000. This is good news for Foxconn, as the manufacturer will save significantly on housing and wages for more than 1.2 million workers, and eliminate the cost of strikes. Given that Foxconn's robot initiative was introduced in 2011 but has been held up ever since, it is not known whether or when the initiative will kick-start. Foxconn will still need a human helping hand though, as it was rumoured recently that it will be hiring 100,000 new workers for the production of the iPhone 6.
Gou says the iPhone 6 will be the first phone ever built by a robot, and Apple the first company to make use of this service. Gou also says he doesn't want to sell the Foxbots to other companies, as even Foxconn might not reach its targets.
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