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Biden’s South Korea visit to start from Samsung’s largest chip factory

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Last updated: May 18th, 2022 at 11:45 UTC+02:00

Samsung’s largest chip manufacturing facility is in Pyeongtaek, a city located about 70 kilometers south of the capital Seoul. It also happens to be one of the world’s largest semiconducting manufacturing facilities. The facilities are spread across a 289,000 square meter site which is about the same size as 400 football fields.

Samsung may be hosting a very distinguished guest at this important facility later this week. Korean media reports that US President Joe Biden will start his three-day state visit to South Korea with a tour of Samsung’s chip complex.

This would be the first US presidential visit to the facility

President Biden is due to land in South Korea on Friday for summit talks with President Yoon Suk-yeol. After he lands at the Osan Air Base, it’s expected that Biden will head directly to Samsung’s Pyeongtaek chip facility.

This scheduled activity has been confirmed by Seoul’s presidential office but it did say that the schedule remained tentative. If the event is held, President Yoon of South Korea is expected to join and make a speech as well. Samsung Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong is expected to offer both presidents a personal tour of the facilities.

If the visit goes through, this would be the first time that a US president visits the site. It happens to be located near Camp Humphreys which is the largest US military installation overseas.

President Biden has been interacting with key business leaders to implement his vision for the future of the global chip supply chain. Samsung has been closely involved in many discussions. The company also announced that it will establish a $17 billion chip manufacturing plant in the United States in support of the initiative.

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