Foxconn, the company known for manufacturing the iPhone and iPad, will be replacing more workers with robots, with plans to have 1 million robot employees in the next three years. The move is expected to cut labor costs, and increase efficiency at the plant.

Foxconn currently has 10,000 robots in its workforce, that number is expected to be increased to 300,000 next year, and then to 1 million after three years.

The company is currently the world’s largest maker of computer components, and assembles products for Sony and Nokia as well as Apple. It currently employs 1.2 million people, with the majority of those employees located in China.

The robots will be used to do “simple and routine work such as spraying, welding and assembling.” Unless Foxconn is dramatically amping up its production, the move to robots will mean unemployment for a staggering number of workers.

[via Xinhuanet]