Reuters has an article on Foxconn's plans for the use of robotics.
Foxconn to rely more on robots; could use 1 million in 3 years
By Lee Chyen Yee and Clare Jim
HONG KONG/TAIPEI | Mon Aug 1, 2011 8:48am EDT
(Reuters) - Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group, known for assembling Apple's iPhones and iPads inChina, plans to use more robots, with one report saying the company will use one million of them in the next three years, to cope with rising labor costs.
Foxconn's move highlights an increasing trend toward automation among Chinese companies as labor issues such as high-profile strikes and workers' suicides plague firms in sectors from autos to technology.
The one thing that caught my eye is Foxconn buying plants overseas.
Foxconn plans to buy a set-top plant in Mexico from Cisco Systems and is looking into investing more in Brazil, where it is already making mobile phone handsets.
It has bought LCD TV plants from Japan's Sony Corp in Mexico in 2009 and Slovakia in 2010 and is in cooperation talks with a number of top Japanese hi-tech firms, including Sharp, Canon and Hitachi.
Could server manufacturing be moving out of China as well in the future?
That's one way to solve the 100%+ tax for importing servers into Brazil.