Asia Express - East Asian ICT
Samsung Expands LED Manufacturing, Product R&D Operations in Tianjin
May 14, 2009
Korea's Samsung has expanded its operations in Tianjin, China, by setting up an LED (Light Emitting Diode) manufacturing base and a research institute in the city, according to Xinhua reports on May 9 and 12, respectively. Samsung has placed a starting capital of US$30 million in establishing the LED manufacturing base, named Tianjin Samsung LED, which will be located in the TEDA (Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area). The initial investment is expected to amount to US$90 million, according to the Xinhua report. However, it is as yet unclear when construction on the base, Samsung's first overseas LED manufacturing facility, will commence.

At the same time, Samsung Group has begun construction on a research institute in Tianjin for the EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) and EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) testing of its products and components, according to a May 12 Xinhua report. Also located in the TEDA, the institute is planned to cover an area of 6,000 square meters and involve an investment of US$10.5 million. Construction on the institute is scheduled for completion by year-end 2009. The institute is expected to help Samsung's China subsidiaries adapt their products to technical standards in different countries.