The Chinese giant seen by the public
In the Huawei smartphone factories, a phone is assembled in about 28.5 seconds . How is it possible, you will ask. Thanks to the automation of work. This advanced and efficient robot technology has enabled the Chinese giant to become the second largest mobile device manufacturer in the world, relatively quickly. 2 million smartphones produced per month in a single factory. And the staff, previously on the 90 units, is now reduced to 17.
At the entrance of a typical factory there is a large area that contains raw materials to be finished, including those used for the Kirin processors . Before going into production they are scanned and assigned an identity. Any problems with the individual components are tracked and promptly replaced. The hardware of the phones is soldered to the motherboard by the robots and then passed on to the employees who are in charge of assembling the most delicate pieces.
Once assembled, other operators test audio, screen and touch to check that they work without problems. Some machines then carry out compression tests simulating the crushing of the device in various trouser pockets, while others tap the body and display for several thousand times in order to verify its durability. There is space for thermal chambers ranging from -15 to 50 °, sound chambers for microphone tests and anechoic for radioactive emission controls. The controls on the software are run by another department. Smartphones are kept on and operational 24 hours a day; bugfixes and connectivity tests follow.
Employees who do not perform manual work, such as scholars and scientists, remain the flagship of the company. Among the ranks of the colossus we find 700 mathematicians, 800 physicists, 120 chemists and over 6000 experts in various fields. They come from all over the world, even from Italy , and receive more than respectable treatment. High salaries, shares on the stock exchange and a series of benefits ranging from reserved transportation to rich business meals. Valuing talent is a key word for Huawei and employees know it well.
It is no coincidence that Huawei expects to expand even more in the course of 2019, especially in the West. In India it already expects to cover about 90% of the total smartphone production in a short time, reaching numbers that were unthinkable a few years ago. That the time has come for overtaking Samsung , currently a leader in the sector?