Foxconn is replacing iPhone workers with robots

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A Foxconn factory in Kunshan, China which employs 60,000 workers has been replacing human workers with robots, a Chinese official said.

Foxconn is Apple’s primary manufacturer for the iPhone lineup.

According to the South China Morning Post, the factory has reduced its workforce from 110,000 to 50,000.

“The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000, thanks to the introduction of robots. It has tasted success in reduction of labour costs,” said Kunshangovernment publicity department head, Xu Yulian.

This transition has long been suspected. In 2015, Foxconn chief Terry Gou predicted that the company would eventually use automated robots to complete 70% of its assembly line work.

Apple does not complete any final assembly at Foxconn plants in Kunshan, Jiangsu.

While Foxconn is converting more humans to robots they have a listing to hire “a large number of ordinary workers” as the company is likely to ramp up production for the upcoming iPhone 7 model.