By 2050, China’s industrial robotics density is expected to reach 37 units for every 1,000 people, according to a state-funded study. Illustration: Henry Wong
By 2050, China’s industrial robotics density is expected to reach 37 units for every 1,000 people, according to a state-funded study. Illustration: Henry Wong

China’s industrial automation efforts give hope to struggling industries, but underlying problems persist

  • Pandemic-led export boom, concerns over China’s rapidly ageing society and a desire to save money have all contributed to the trend of replacing workers with machines
  • Automation helps upgrade manufacturing and the supply chain, but some say it does little to help boost domestic consumption or address China’s ageing problem

Topic |   China manufacturing
By 2050, China’s industrial robotics density is expected to reach 37 units for every 1,000 people, according to a state-funded study. Illustration: Henry Wong
By 2050, China’s industrial robotics density is expected to reach 37 units for every 1,000 people, according to a state-funded study. Illustration: Henry Wong
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