Samsung opens world's largest smartphone factory in India to boost production

Doris Richards
July 9, 2018

Samsung's "World's Biggest Mobile factory': Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will be inaugurating a Samsung Electronics facility in Noida today, which will be for manufacturing mobile phones, and possibly the largest in the world".

Past year in June, Samsung has announced a massive Rs 4,915 crore investment to expand the Noida plant.

In a statement issued then, the company had said: "The expansion of the plant on an additional 35 acres of land adjacent to the current facility will double the production capacity of both mobile phones and refrigerators". In a year's time, the new facility is ready for production, which the double output for the company. Samsung also manufactures refrigerators, television panels, smartphones, feature phones, etc at this particular factory.

Samsung's Noida plant was set up in 1996 where it has been manufacturing smartphones, refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Demand for new phones is surging in India, helped in part by billionaire Mukesh Ambani offering $23 4G feature-phones, free voice services and cheap data plans. Samsung is aiming to manufacture 120 million phones a year.

India's smartphone market grew 14 percent with total shipments of 124 million units in 2017, the fastest pace of growth among the top 20 markets, according to International Data Corp. Today, Samsung is the market leader across mobile segments. That's one reason why Apple Inc. has struggled to gain market share in India, with most iPhone models priced beyond $500, according to a Bloomberg Intelligence report earlier this month. South Korean President, Moon Jae-in have also arrived in India to accompany PM Modi. Officially the event will start at around 5.30 pm in the evening. There's the one in Sector 81 in Noida, while the second is in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.

According to HC Hong, President and CEO, Samsung India, a bigger manufacturing plant will help them cater to the growing demand for Samsung products across the country. In total over 70,000 people are employed by the plant in Noida.

PM Modi has pushed "Make in India" initiative, encouraging companies to set up plants in India.

While announcing the investment a year ago, the company had said that it would position the Noida plant as a major production hub and create about 5,000 new jobs.

At present, India attributes to 10 percent of overall production capacity of Samsung.

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