Perspective: Robots replace workers as China factories go high-tech

By the Des Moines Register

Jun 05, 2017

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In Shanghai, Gerald Wong’s goal is to create what he calls a “dark factory” — the fewer workers, the better.

His company, Cambridge Industries Group, had 3,500 employees three years ago, and is now down to 1,500 as it increasingly automates production of internet routers and wireless devices. His goal is to get to less than 800 workers in the next couple of years. While China is blamed for stealing U.S. jobs, the reality is that the Asian manufacturing giant is losing jobs, too, through innovation.

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