After going through the harsh criticisms，Foxconn is working on a big costly change that is to replace the human labors with robots. According to the reports, the first batch of had been installed in 2012 and transported to at least one Foxconn factory while another 20,000 robots are going to due in 2013. Each robot costs between $20,000 and $25,000 to produce, almost three times the average annual salary of a Foxconn’s factory workers, according to the Chinese Web site TechWeb. There were about twenty to thirty workers on each line before, but after the robots were added the number of workers went down to five people. I believe it was not an easy decision made by Foxconn. It chose an expensive but safe way to produce iProducts. Also, the mix of labor and capital is much more efficient than human labors because robots are faster and make less mistakes. Most of the workers in Foxconn are young people, which mean they can easily be trained to work with robots. The leading of robots would lower the suicide rate, less the burden of workloads, increase the manufacture efficiency and improve the quality of products. I think Foxconn is a company, which takes responses to its employees and contract partners.
However, the social problems are coming with Foxconn’s robots. Foxconn does not need as many workers as before, so the job opportunities are decreasing. As one of the biggest hirer in China, Foxconn provide living for nearly half a million people. Many people would lose their jobs, which could higher the criminal rate and risk the social safety. Also, working with robots may increase the salaries for employees because they are the skilled people who can manipulate robots and work with them.
The following two websites talk about the new robots in Foxconn.