In the development strategy of Foxconn, a major contract assembler for the iPhone and iPad, a major effort will be the production of robots. This was stated by CEO Terry GOU.
Foxconn already introducing robots on the production as secondary nodes on the lines for the Assembly of the iPhone. Machines are used in parallel with workers performing the most basic operations — the tightness of the screws, the installation of the workpiece in the mounting for the polishing, etc. At the same time, the quality control and final Assembly of phones produces numerous staff Foxconn. The transfer of part of operations on a stand-alone mechanisms can offload people and to improve working conditions.
According to Digitimes, Foxconn expects to deliver the robots to assemble electronics in China and other countries of the world. This will help her a partnership with Japanese Softbank.
In mid-2015 Foxconn and Alibaba announced the signing of an agreement by which they agreed to invest 14.5 billion yen in the company to SoftBank Holdings Robotics, field of activity which is the development and production of robots.
Only in China already has more than 48 000 units of these robots. Another product SoftBank — personal robot Pepper is positioned as the first car, perceiving emotions. Robots Pepper, analysing what is happening around, recognize speech, and is able to communicate with people, not so long ago there were three railway stations in France.
At Foxconn are considering participation in the design and manufacture of robots from the point of view of building a “smart production” of the future. However, the robots in the coming decades can be widely distributed in other areas.