Foxconn, the largest contract electronics manufacturer in the world, says it has automated away 60,000 jobs in one of its factories, according to the BBC. The cuts are part of an ongoing process to replace humans responsible for “many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations” with robots, the company said in a statement. Foxconn helps manufacture Apple’s iPhone and iPad, Samsung’s Galaxy phone line, and Sony’s PlayStation 4, as well as other devices from many of the world’s biggest tech brands.
“We are applying robotics engineering and other innovative manufacturing technologies to replace repetitive tasks previously done by employees, and through training, also enable our employees to focus on higher value-added elements in the manufacturing process, such as research and development, process control and quality control,” the statement reads. “We will continue to harness automation and manpower in our manufacturing operations, and we expect to maintain our significant workforce in China.” The company still employs more than 1.2 million people.