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Foxconn to increase robot use to curb suicide among workers

Published on Jul 14, 2014 10:14 AM

(CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Foxconn Technology Group, the major supplier of Apple's iPhones and iPad, plans to use more robots for its various manufacturing operations as part of its efforts to replace "dangerous, boring and repeated" work, which has often been blamed for the series of suicides at its facilities in recent years.

The company will shift from mass production to lean production in the future and consider manufacturing on an order-on-order basis by upgrading its production lines and using more robots, its Chairman Terry Gou said on Friday.

Foxconn, a major supplier of Apple Inc, is building a research-and-manufacturing hub in Guiyang, the provincial capital of Guizhou.

Gou said plants in the new industrial park have been designed with high ceilings to leave sufficient room for robots' operation.

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