China’s seemingly endless supply of cheap labor made it the factory for the world in past decades. Today, as the country seeks to remake itself, from a maker of products created elsewhere to an innovator in its own right, the government is pushing its manufacturing industry in a new direction: automation. Through a series of three- and ten-year plans, China plans to invest across nine key industrial segments in a bid to make itself a technological force on par with Japan and Germany by mid-century. Central to that plan is the transformation of its legions of factories through robotics— while moving from being a major robotics market to being a key supplier of advanced robotics technology.
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Volume 61, Issue 2, March-April 2018
Perspectives - News and Analysis from the Global Innovation Scene