Efforts by Hon Hai Precision Industry, Apple's main manufacturing contractor, to accelerate automation at all its plants worldwide are being stymied by the high cost and limited supply of industrial robots.
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (trading as Foxconn) is the world's biggest maker of electronic components. Primarily an original equipment manufacturer, its clients include major some of the world’s best known electronics and information technology companies, and products manufactured at its plants include iPads, iPhones, iPods for Apple, Kindles for Amazon, PlayStations for Sony and Xboxes for Microsoft. Foxconn has been involved in several controversies, largely over employee relations in China after a series of suicides and accidents. In 2012, Apple hired the Fair Labor Association to conduct an audit of working conditions at Foxconn.