Samsung Electronics has held a ground breaking ceremony for a major new memory fabrication line in Xi”an, China. Once completed, the new facility will make use of advanced 10-nanometer (nm)-class technology in producing NAND flash memory chips, a critical component powering IT and mobile applications for high-speed and large-density data storage.
Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman and CEO Dr. Oh-hyun Kwon hosted the event, which welcomed 600 attendees including government dignitaries from both China and Korea as well as hundreds of Samsung suppliers and customers.
Kwon said in his remarks during the ceremony that, “The new Samsung China Semiconductor fab will lay a solid foundation for continued supply of leading memory components, enabling Samsung to further spearhead the advancement of the IT industry and enhanced user experiences.”
With the groundbreaking, the Samsung China Semiconductor complex has a target timeline for achieving full-fledged operation in 2014. Initially, Samsung is investing US$2.3 billion in the Xi”an fab. Samsung China Semiconductor marks the single largest investment by Samsung in China with a phased total investment of US$7 billion.
Xi”an is home to a host of companies involved in advanced electronics technology and was selected as it is able to support all the key considerations in the production of advanced IT infrastructure such as basic resources including water and power, and a solid employee base for IT research, development and manufacturing.
The areas is also home to 37 universities and 3,000 R&D centres focused on advanced IT technology. Samsung has also kicked off a program for close academic collaboration with several local universities, which will include scholarships to nurture skilled talent locally.
Just one year after commencing operations at its Line 16 in Hwaseong, Korea, the new Xi”an production facility will help to balance Samsung”s global production network. Reinforcing the company”s support for its customers worldwide, the China facility will improve Samsung”s global supply chain, making it easier for many of its customers to expand in the region.