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

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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