China has many reasons to embrace industrial robotics. Robots can improve energy efficiency; China’s working-age population is also shrinking, sending labour costs up.
“There aren’t many young workers coming off streets to fill jobs at factories,” said Geoff Crothall, a spokesman for China Labour Bulletin.
Taiwan’s Foxconn plans to boost its fleet of industrial robots from 10,000 to 1 million within three years. Robots will replace workers for tasks such as spraying and welding, said CEO Terry Gou.The Guardian