In early December DigiTimes reported that one million robots are scheduled to replace human labor at Hon Hai in the not too-distant future. Today there's news that Hon Hai Precision's plant based in Shenzhen has started to adopt robots to produce Apple's products. The iPhone 5 earphone workshop is using more than 100 robots, which has increased the work efficiency by 140%, reports BrightWire, a business-to-business resource for portfolio managers.
Hon Hai spokesperson Liu Kun stated that the robots have not been used in precision processes for the time being, and the company's plants in Zhengzhou, which is in charge of 70% of iPhone 5 shipments, will later adopt robots.
The report stated that the cost of installing each robot stands at more than $16,025 US, and Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou has previously noted that the company would adopt one million robots on its production lines by 2014.
The report added that total robot production at the company's production base in Jincheng, Shanxi Province, reached 20,000 by the end of 2012.
BrightWire's source for this report was Sina Finance, a finance-related news section of Sina.com, a major online media company based in China.
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