The factory looks like many others in China’s heavily industrialized Guangdong province — crates and scrap metal outside, vats of steaming chemicals and rows of stainless steel parts inside.
Workers are dwarfed by the mammoth metal presses they run, loud and grimy like something out of the industrial revolution.
Indeed, these plants have been the foundation of China’s manufacturing revolution, churning out more than $2 billion worth of exports every single day in this region alone.
This factory belongs to Ying Ao Kitchen Utensils, which makes designer stainless steel sinks for North American consumers, including about 150,000 destined for Canadian kitchens every year.
But look past the row of men and women folding, welding and sorting the shiny sinks, and you’ll see another revolution firmly taking hold here: China’s robot revolution.