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The robots are taking over at Sony

Company is aiming to move to fully automated production lines at its main TV factory in Malaysia

Sony is planning to let robots take over the manufacturing of its cameras, TVs, and smartphones.

The company is aiming to move to fully automated production lines at its main TV factory in Malaysia to cut costs by 70 per cent by the fiscal year 2023, compared with 2018.

Sony also intends to increase automation on its camera and smartphone production, although will retain some human workers.

Kimio Maki, head of Sony’s electronics businesses, told the FT ┬ásales data will be analysed using artificial intelligence to more effectively set manufacturing volume.

“I don’t think automation alone using robots will bring enough merits. The key is to use digitalisation to link both sales and manufacturing,” he said.