DONGGUAN, CHINA—The Changying Precision Technology Co., which focuses on producing mobile phones and automated production lines, used to employ around 650 employees. Today, it has about 60 employees as a result of replacing nearly 90 percent of its human workforce with machines.
WASHINGTON, DC——A Border Adjustment Tax sounds innocuous, but executives of major retailers warn that a 20 percent import tax would punish American consumers by raising the prices of electronics and other goods manufactured abroad.
MESA, AZ--Apple Inc. is seeking permission to conduct high-tech manufacturing and to build data-center server gear in a facility here, according to a notice published last week by the US federal government. A notification published in the Federal Register on Jan. 16 said Apple was looking for approval from the Foreign-Trade Zones Board to produce "finished products" in a special zone that exempts it from customs duty payments.
CLEMSON, SC—Researchers at Clemson University and Carnegie Mellon University are collaborating to develop next-generation robots for advanced manufacturing across the automotive, aerospace, electronics and textile industries. Clemson will also help train the workers who will operate the robots, as part of a $253 million plan to fill roughly 510,000 jobs in manufacturing by 2025.
Comparative claims can be positive or negative, subjective or objective. But, in every instance, their main purpose is illustrative. A common example is when someone claims that a person or process is “as slow as molasses” (which, by the way, has a viscosity of only 5,000 to 10,000 centipoise [cps]).
AUSTIN, TX—Samsung Austin Semiconductor LLC plans to invest more than $1 billion in its chip-making factory here. Samsung already employs 3,000 people there, and the company expects to add hundreds more technicians and engineers next year.
NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan—In 2011, Foxconn announced a plan to replace 500,000 mainland Chinese workers with 1 million robots over the next three to five years. So far, the electronics manufacturing services provider has installed 40,000 robots across China. MORE
On September 25, 2012, Lenze Americas held a grand opening at its new mechanical product assembly and logistics center in Glendale Heights, IL. The facility supports electromechanical product manufacturing operations for the Americas region.