Foxconn Electronics is expected to ship a total of 60,000 Pepper robots from its plant in Shandong, China in 2016, valued at US$500 million, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
The Shandong plant is currently rolling out 2,000 Pepper robots a month and is shipping the robots to the US and Europe, in addition to the initial markets in Japan and Taiwan.
The Pepper is developed by Japan-based SoftBank Robotics Holdings (SBRH), of which Foxconn and the Alibaba Group have a 20% stake each.
In addition to the Pepper robots, Foxconn has also begun volume production of a toddler-care mini robot, the ibotn, which is developed by Taiwan ShouDe International Electronics.
Production of the ibotn robots will reach 5,000 units a month by the second quarter of 2017.