A large number of companies in China which make metal products are concentrated in one particular city, called Yongkang, also known as the “City of Metal”.
And, according to state news agency Xinhua, many of these companies are turning to robotic assembly lines to increase productivity.
The communist Chinese government outlet quotes one general manager of a company called Haers Vacuum Containers as saying: “A robot assembly line will be launched soon, and we are confident of surpassing the current leading producer this year.”
Haers currently produces more than 35 million vacuum bottles and flasks – similar to the ones in the main picture – over the course of a year, according to the Xinhua.
The government of China has decided to help companies switch to more automated processes under its “Made in China 2025” initiative, and is making significant grants available to companies to enable them to afford expensive robotics machinery.
And while many Chinese manufacturers have been turning to foreign robotics and automation suppliers – especially those in Japan – many robot makers in China have emerged.
Last year, more than 100,000 robots were produced in China by local manufacturers, according to Xinhua.
China is currently the world’s largest buyer of industrial robots.