Samsung’s Xi’an semiconductor facility will begin production later this year
Samsung’s Xi’an factory will start production from April this year, with the facility set to become the second semiconductor factory for Samsung. The South Korean manufacturer broke ground on the facility in 2012, and while the plant was functional since late last year, full-scale production hasn’t begun yet. The factory will manufacture memory chips for mobile devices and tablets, with an estimated annual output of 1,500,000 chips and revenues of $16.25 billion annually over the coming years.
A Samsung executive confirmed that trails have been conducted to check whether all stages of processing were running normally, with full production set to start from the month of April. Samsung had initially invested $7 billion in the facility, which was the largest foreign investment in China. Late last year, the South Korean manufacturer invested another $500 million in establishing assembly lines for the packaging and testing of flash memory chips and solid-state disks.
Kim Yong-kwan, senior vice-president of Samsung Electronics, mentioned that affordable power and waste water treatment facilities were a major consideration in choosing Xi’an as Samsung’e next semiconductor facility.