Chinese startup develops industrial robot for Foxconn for smartphone manufacturing

A Chinese startup company called Megvii has developed an industrial robot for Foxconn to use in its smartphone manufacturing operations.  Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision, is the main supplier to Apple, making iPhones and iPads for the tech giant. Foxconn is also said to be the world’s largest contract manufacturer, employing a massive … Continue reading Chinese startup develops industrial robot for Foxconn for smartphone manufacturing

Qualcomm and Apple’s legal battle may indicate the future of cars, as Foxconn looks to build driverless tech factory

The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple may portend the future direction of car technology. Qualcomm says Apple manufacturers are not paying the correct amount of money for the chipmaker’s intellectual property the iPhone maker is licensing – basically they’re not paying anything. The lower, or absent, payments probably account for Qualcomm’s patent licensing business … Continue reading Qualcomm and Apple’s legal battle may indicate the future of cars, as Foxconn looks to build driverless tech factory

Foxconn to build $10 billion manufacturing plant in Wisconsin as part of massive expansion plan in US

Foxconn says the expansion is the first in a series of investments in the United States Foxconn says it will invest $10 billion over the next four years to build a liquid crystal display panel manufacturing facility in Wisconsin. Foxconn, a Taiwanese company also known as Hon Hai Precision, says the new facility will be … Continue reading Foxconn to build $10 billion manufacturing plant in Wisconsin as part of massive expansion plan in US

Foxconn to manufacture ‘95 per cent’ of new Apple iPhone 8

Foxconn is to produce 95 per cent of the new Apple iPhone, the eighth incarnation of the device, according to a report on PatentlyApple.com.  It’s not clear from the story whether any of the production will take place in the US, although that’s unlikely given that Foxconn hasn’t even chosen where in the US to … Continue reading Foxconn to manufacture ‘95 per cent’ of new Apple iPhone 8

Foxconn evaluating US locations for $10 billion expansion plans

Foxconn, the main manufacturer for Apple’s smartphones and tablet computers, is looking for locations in the US to invest $10 billion into setting up factories, according to a variety of reports in the media.  The company has already earmarked $7 billion for a display panel factory after buying the Sharp electronics company, although it’s not … Continue reading Foxconn evaluating US locations for $10 billion expansion plans

Foxconn considers options for establishing multi-billion-dollar manufacturing facilities in the US

Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturing giant which makes Apple devices among other things, is considering its locations, incentives and other options for establishing manufacturing facilities in the US.  Among the locations being discussed are two cities in Oakland County, in the state of Michigan; and the amounts being mentioned range from $4.2 billion to $7 billion. The … Continue reading Foxconn considers options for establishing multi-billion-dollar manufacturing facilities in the US

Foxconn to replace all humans with robots

Hon Hai Precision, better known as Foxconn, says it will replace all its human workers with robots, according to a report in Futurism.com.  Quoting DigiTimes.com, Futurism says Foxconn has announced a three-part plan to fully automate its factories in the hope of achieving 30 per cent automation by 2020. Foxconn currently has about 40,000 robots – … Continue reading Foxconn to replace all humans with robots

Foxconn and Apple negotiating with Indian government on manufacturing and retailing

Apple and its main manufacturer Foxconn are negotiating with the Indian government over the possible establishment of a manufacturing plant and retail stores in the country.  This is according to reports on the AppleInsider.com website, which quotes India’s Economic Times newspaper. Indian business regulations require foreign companies to source at least 30 per cent of their goods from local … Continue reading Foxconn and Apple negotiating with Indian government on manufacturing and retailing

Foxconn reaches 40,000 industrial robot installations

Foxconn, the Taiwan-headquartered industrial robotics and automation company which makes a lot of Apple’s devices including the iPhone and iPad, says it has now installed 40,000 industrial robots in mainland China. This is according to a report on the Next Big Future website, which adds that company plans to increase that figure ten-fold. The robots … Continue reading Foxconn reaches 40,000 industrial robot installations

Foxconn fires 60,000 workers and replaces them with robots

In what is almost certainly a sign of things to come, in China as well as around the world, Foxconn has fired 60,000 factory workers and replaced them with robots, according to a report in the South China Morning Post.  The website quotes a local government official saying: “The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from … Continue reading Foxconn fires 60,000 workers and replaces them with robots

30 industrial robot manufacturers to watch in 2018

2018 looks all set to be a bumper year for sales of industrial robot arms across all categories – from the large, heavyweight class right down to the small desktop variety.  With established robot makers expanding their range, and with new startups launching innovative new models, the market is more dynamic than ever. Oversupply may … Continue reading 30 industrial robot manufacturers to watch in 2018

Google Brain scientist launches company to bring AI to IIoT

A former Google Brain scientist has started a company which is developing artificial intelligence systems for the industrial internet of things networks, such as those in the manufacturing sector.  Andrew Ng, who has previously worked for Google Brain and Baidu’s AI group, and also founded Coursera, is said to be working with Foxconn to develop … Continue reading Google Brain scientist launches company to bring AI to IIoT

Apple manufacturing partners ‘struggle with low yield rate’

Apple suppliers “continue to struggle with low yield rate” because the smartphone giant is integrating advanced technologies, requiring investment in new and expensive manufacturing processes, which affect the suppliers’ profit margins, according to Nikkei.  Apple is planning to launch its $1,000-dollar iPhone X to consumers in the coming months, but the new device includes functions … Continue reading Apple manufacturing partners ‘struggle with low yield rate’

Kinova Robotics raises $25 million for expansion plans

  Kinova Robotics, a designer and manufacturer of robotic solutions, has raised additional funds of $25 million for further expansion. The money came from four major contributors, including lead investor Fonds Manufacturier Québécois; co-investors KTB Network, and Foxconn; and BDC Capital, the investment arm of BDC. Kinova says 90 per cent of its business is … Continue reading Kinova Robotics raises $25 million for expansion plans

Electronics industry boosting sales of industrial robots

  The global growth in the number of data centres, and the corresponding growth in the manufacturing of servers, could provide opportunities for robot makers  The electrical and electronics sector is one of the fastest-growing markets for the industrial robotics and automation industry.  The sector bought almost as many industrial robots as did the automotive … Continue reading Electronics industry boosting sales of industrial robots