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Foxconn to Build ''Robotic Kingdom'' in Taiwan

By - Source: Focus Taiwan | B 40 comments

Foxconn's parent company has just signed a letter stating its intentions to build an intelligent robotics and automation equipment manufacturing hub in Taiwan.

A couple of months back, Foxconn revealed that it had plans to replace a portion of its staff with one million robots in an effort to cut down on rising labor costs. Xinhua News Agency said at the time that Foxconn was already using 10,000 robots. The electronics giant is said to be aiming for 300,000 next year and one million in three years time.

Now it would appear that these plans are inching forward. In late October, the Focus Taiwarn news agency (via Cnet) reported that Terry Gou had signed a letter of intent with Taichung Mayor Jason Hu. This letter outlined Foxconn parent company Hon Hai Precision's plan to build an "intelligent robotics kingdom" at the Central Taiwan Science Park park in the coming years. Focus Taiwan cites Gou as saying the project is expected to generate an estimated NT$120 billion ($4 billion) in production value in the next three to five years and create about 2,000 jobs.

Foxconn currently employs over 900,000 people in its factories. Gou said in August that the robots would be performing simple tasks such as spraying, welding and assembling. These are all tasks currently carried out by human employees.

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    alyoshka , November 8, 2011 11:15 AM
    So now we'll have Robots jumping over the balconies?
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    jivdis1x , November 8, 2011 11:15 AM
    Suicidal robots can be reprogram or repair, human can't. Cost effective moves.
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    bin1127 , November 8, 2011 11:06 AM
    I actually thought they were building a themepark like legoland. I need my morning coffee now.
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  • 23 Hide
    bin1127 , November 8, 2011 11:06 AM
    I actually thought they were building a themepark like legoland. I need my morning coffee now.
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    webbwbb , November 8, 2011 11:08 AM
    bin1127I actually thought they were building a themepark like legoland. I need my morning coffee now.

    That would be terrifying.
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    oasiz , November 8, 2011 11:08 AM
    Combine together and fight!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SdGkkp1aq8
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    nebun , November 8, 2011 11:13 AM
    let's drink to the end of the world....not....so it looks like all the people will be replaced by robots.....this could be good since they don't really have to pay the robots, initial cost will be expensive but in the end they will make a profit....it really sucks but when it comes to electronics robots are better
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    alyoshka , November 8, 2011 11:15 AM
    So now we'll have Robots jumping over the balconies?
  • 24 Hide
    jivdis1x , November 8, 2011 11:15 AM
    Suicidal robots can be reprogram or repair, human can't. Cost effective moves.
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    southernshark , November 8, 2011 11:18 AM
    Skynet
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    psychobob , November 8, 2011 11:20 AM
    Foxconn 2015:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-f2ELaWP2BwY/TfLReHfPdKI/AAAAAAAAAKY/gDzrOfQY1Bw/s1600/The%2BSecond%2BRenaissance.jpg
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    spookie , November 8, 2011 11:20 AM
    haha it would be realy funny if the robots get suicidal!
    (old news, I read this a few days ago on a normal south african news site..)
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    jecastej , November 8, 2011 11:36 AM
    alyoshkaSo now we'll have Robots jumping over the balconies?


    Bender?
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    spacey1 , November 8, 2011 11:41 AM
    WOW did you enlarge the pic and see the people they look really unhappy. go figure huh..
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    sunflier , November 8, 2011 11:46 AM
    I thought the humans employed there turned into robots after having worked there 6 months??
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    sunflier , November 8, 2011 11:55 AM
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    ...one million robots in an effort to cut down on rising labor costs.

    Oh, so instead of jumping, the robots will throw them over the balconies.
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    soo-nah-mee , November 8, 2011 12:01 PM
    Great, I come in here with a robot suicide quip ready to go, and you guys have already gone down that road!
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    billybobser , November 8, 2011 12:05 PM
    How much does it cost to build a robot, and how much do they pay a person per hour?

    Short term , it doesn't make sense, but in 30 or so years you may actually recoup a saving.

    Although if these hi tech robots found out they were making Apple products, they may very well jump off the roof.
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    oxxfatelostxxo , November 8, 2011 12:14 PM
    Quote:
    let's drink to the end of the world....not....so it looks like all the people will be replaced by robots.....this could be good since they don't really have to pay the robots, initial cost will be expensive but in the end they will make a profit....it really sucks but when it comes to electronics robots are better


    Not really entirely true. We employ many robots where i work, not only do you need higher trained people to operate them, you also need a tech trained person that knows how to fix them when they break down.
    Id say on average the robots fault out anywhere from 1 to 15 times in a shift. Simple things. And prob have to be worked on once a week or so on average. (usually programming adjustments, always changing)

    Alot of it depends on how complex the operation its doing is also. But programming and the items it works with are never perfect, so they always run into things that dont line up correctly for the robot.

    Also not to mention, robots dont pick up on defects like a human would. And most robots if something breaks (like a tool) and they dont have anything setup to check the tool. it will keep right on making bad parts till stopped. causing lots of scrap parts.
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    oxxfatelostxxo , November 8, 2011 12:17 PM
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    How much does it cost to build a robot, and how much do they pay a person per hour?

    average robot about the size of a human at our facility costs around $120,000 USD. Then you also have costs for the programming, not sure on its cost but prob very expensive.

    So figure a robot will prob pay for itself in 3 to 4 years. Not too bad.
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    loomis86 , November 8, 2011 12:39 PM
    nebunlet's drink to the end of the world....not....so it looks like all the people will be replaced by robots.....this could be good since they don't really have to pay the robots, initial cost will be expensive but in the end they will make a profit....it really sucks but when it comes to electronics robots are better


    People build robots, install robots, program robots, and repair robots. There will be plenty of jobs for people that are smarter than a robot. But SOME day, robots will be building robots, installing robots, programming robots, and repairing robots. When that day comes, then we can worry.
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    Anonymous , November 8, 2011 1:02 PM
    wouldnt a robot cost more than a laborer? I mean assuming a robot costs $3000 thats more than 10 years of a laborers pay (including his suicide check to his family)
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    ojas , November 8, 2011 1:18 PM
    foxconnsuckswouldnt a robot cost more than a laborer? I mean assuming a robot costs $3000 thats more than 10 years of a laborers pay (including his suicide check to his family)

    who gets the raw materials? who builds the robots? how much will they get paid? ah now you see. what's the total cost for building the robot now?

    it's not like they're ordering them from newegg, you know.
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