Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn has teamed up with Texas-based firm Briggo to make automated coffee robots at its controversial Wisconsin Factory.
The factory has come under serious scrutiny after a series of failed manufacturing projects cost the state around $4 billion in tax credits, land and infrastructure investments.
Briggo is known for making mall kiosk type of automated coffee dispensers for airport lounges and corporate offices. Foxconn plans to build coffee-dispensing robots using Briggo’s experience in the field to find a way out of its current mess in mismanaging resources at the Wisconsin facility.
The Taiwanese company is expected to downsize its workforce and workspace in a bid to ride the tide and ensure a fully-operational factory by 2020. The original workforce-size was estimated at 13,000 employees who would be accommodated in a workspace sprawling across 20 million square feet of real estate.
Foxconn is under immense pressure from the local government after the latter’s $4.1bn investment had resulted in the purchase of a series of empty buildings with no proper manufacturing plans, according to The Verge.
The company has reportedly downsized the scope of its plans to make early corrections to its “empty innovation centers” and begin some serious work at its Wisconsin Factory.
Foxconn had earlier dumped its plans to build LCD panels for 75-inch TVs at the same factory owing to some technical challenges.
With the intent of lowering investment costs and risk factor, Foxconn plans to cut manufacturing jobs for more skilled workers to build its “AI 8K+5G” ecosystem.
It is still not known when Foxconn’s assembly lines will be functional to support Briggo’s roll out of automated coffee houses from the Wisconsin Factory.