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Foxconn has reportedly cut 60,000 jobs and replaced human workers with robots

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Emmett Noble
May 26, 2016 00:05
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A Chinese government official told the South China Morning Post: The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000, thanks to the introduction of robots.

View photosMoreHuman workers are being replaced by robots in major corporations Vincent Yu/AP

Foxconn confirmed in a statement to the BBC the cuts are part of an ongoing process to replace factory workers with robots but denied the move would lead to long-term job losses.

We are applying robotics engineering and other innovative manufacturing technologies to replace repetitive tasks previously done by employees, and through training, also enable our employees to focus on higher value-added elements in the manufacturing process, such as research and development, process control and quality control, the statement said.

We will continue to harness automation and manpower in our manufacturing operations, and we expect to maintain our significant workforce in China.

Automation technology is fast becoming a reality for some of the biggest corporations in the world, who are finding it significantly cheaper to use robots over retaining human labour.

Meanwhile, reports suggest 35 Taiwanese companies, including Foxconn, spent a total of 4 billion yuan £430m on artificial intelligence last year.

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