China's Manufacturing Industry on Course to Achieving Robot-Operated Factories

China's manufacturing sector is rapidly embracing zero-labor factories, as is evident from recent developments in the country. A case in point is the commencement of the construction of a new factory that carries out manufacturing operations using only robots, according to a report by the Xinhua news agency. With construction underway, the factory in China will deploy about 1,000 robots initially, scaling up as demand rises. The factory in question belongs to Shenzhen Evenwin Precision Technology Co.

As part of these ambitious plans, the company aims to bring down its current labor force by at least 90%. According to reports, the company currently employs 1,800 workers and with the planned cutback in manpower, it aims to ultimately retain only about 200 workers in a few months. This information was provided by the company boards chairman, Chen Xingqi.


While the company did not clearly state the amount being invested in the facility, it did confirm that the production capacity targets were pegged at approximately US$322 million per year.

The trend of robot-operated factories is catching on in other industrial and manufacturing hubs of China, with the Pearl River Delta being an example of the shift. The Pearl River Delta, located in the southern part of China, has earned the sobriquet of the ‘worlds workshop thanks to the sheer numbers of export manufacturing facilities here.

Manufacturing has long been the backbone of the Chinese economy, but as labor shortages weigh on the industry, local authorities are increasingly faced with the need to catalyze innovation so as to mitigate the impact of the economic slowdown.

According to the Economy and Information Technology Bureau of Dongguan, an estimated 505 factories in the region have collectively pumped in 4.2 billion yuan for deploying robots since September 2014. This shift will see about 30,000 workers being replaced by robots.
It is also projected that by 2016, at least 1,500 industrial enterprises in the city will substitute human labor with robots.

Source: Transparency Market Research

Featured Product

BLE2 Series Brushless Motor & Driver

BLE2 Series Brushless Motor & Driver

The BLE2 Series replaces our popular BLE Series and continues our brushless motor advantages by featuring an all new compact, high-power and high-efficiency brushless DC motor combined with a Driver that can be digitally set and controlled via external DC voltage or by the front panel. The BLE2 Series can easily compete with larger 3-phase inverter driven motors in many more applications, with built-in simple holding torque function, saving space and increasing performance thanks to the advantages of a brushless motor design. The BLE2 Series has a maximum speed of 4000 r/min, achieving a speed ratio of 1:50 (80 to 4000 r/min). The new motor structure is small than previous models and enables high power and high efficiency while incorporating easy setting, installation and wiring. The new motor connector offers IP66 degree of protection and allows for easy and direct connection between motor and driver with two available orientation of cable outlet direction. Standardized use of stain