Foxconn: Taiwanese assembler has robotics dream
TAIPEI — Taiwanese tech manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group earned its fame as the company that assembles Apple iPhones. What is less known is that it is also considered the best robotics company in Taiwan, with ambitions to take on global leaders such as Kuka and ABB.
Foxconn’s robotics efforts began turning heads when its Japanese partner SoftBank unveiled Pepper, a humanoid service robot manufactured by the Taiwanese company, in 2014. But Foxconn has been honing its robotics technologies since the early 2000s. The company’s “Foxbots” are mechanical arms rather than humanoids. They are part of the company’s effort to enhance product quality and cut labor costs on its production lines. There are now several models of Foxbots.