Hong Kong media: China’s industrial robots are quickly “on duty”, bringing hope to struggling industries

Hong Kong’s “South China Morning Post” article on January 11, original title: China’s industrial automation process brings hope to struggling industries, but fundamental problems have not disappeared

At his small rice processing factory in Hunan, Zhou Di has invested more than 200,000 yuan in automation over the past three years, including installing machines for sorting and packaging.

Zhou said: “The rice processing factories I know are all automated, at least partially. My family is in a rural area with only four people. My parents are almost 60 years old. The only way for the factory to survive is automation.”

In recent years, various industries in China have usedRobotThe pace of replacement of manpower is accelerating rapidly. 2021 mostIndustrial RobotAnd the annual sales of intelligent manufacturing comprehensive service enterprises have at least doubled.

Luo Jun, executive chairman of the International Robot and Intelligent Equipment Industry Alliance, a government think tank focusing on intelligent manufacturing, said, “China is very close to the leading level in terms of combining artificial intelligence and industrial automation technology.” As the world’s factory, China is more capable than other countries. from a wide range of automationapplicationbenefit from.

A grain and oil technology company in Hunan produces a “flexible polishing device” for rice processing. In the past, these devices were completely reliant on overseas imports. Zhou Ying, head of the company, said: “In the past, many parts of the rice color sorter relied on imports, but now they are all made domestically, and the price is getting cheaper. This means that more small and medium-sized enterprises can upgrade their production lines.”

China’s goal of producing 260,000 industrial robots a year by 2025, set in 2015, has been achieved four years ahead of schedule, as China produced 268,694 industrial robots in the first three quarters of 2021 alone.

Industry insiders and industry experts say the rapid development of automation technology can help alleviate labor shortages caused by China’s aging population. Still, demographers are concerned about the idea that automation will solve China’s aging population, with demographer Huang Wenzheng saying: “Automation helps to upgrade manufacturing and supply chains, but not much for domestic consumption and aging.”

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Published on 08/27/2022