Samsung opens world's largest smartphone manufacturing facility in India

Kelley Robertson
July 10, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also accompany Moon during the inauguration of the Samsung plant, world's largest mobile factory.

The company now makes around 67 million smartphones in India and with the new unit being functional the production is expected to increase to almost 120 million mobile phones.

The new facility will see Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in landing together at a quickly-prepared helipad adjacent to the factory. It is on the set of a former plant that used to make refrigerators and TVs, with smartphones joining the production line in 2007.

In 1997, the plant started manufacturing televisions, and in 2003, expanded to manufacturing refrigerators.

Called as Samsung Electronics facility, this massive plant is spread over 35 acres of land in Noida Sector 81 area.

Most major markets around the globe have become saturated with mobile devices, resulting in a slowdown of sales.

"Cheaper mobile phones, high-speed internet, and cheap data are ensuring fast and transparent service delivery", he said.

Giving a thumbs up to his government's Make In India initiative, PM Modi said, "Make in India initiative is getting support from all across the world. After, seeing this, the feeling that I get is that India and Korea may be having different cultures, but the two countries share commonalities in values such as peace, harmony and unity in diversity", Moon said after visiting the iconic Akshardham temple.


India now counts about 400 million smartphone users out of its population of 1.3 billion people, meaning there's still a vast amount of potential consumers to draw from, the Verge noted.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister described the occasion as a special one, in the journey to make India a global manufacturing hub.

Samsung already has a considerable presence in the US, Korea and Brazil, but with smartphone growth beginning to slow in those markets, the South Korean chaebol has turned its attention towards India - where demand for handsets is more encouraging.

Last year, Samsung announced budget of Rs 4915 crore to expand the phone manufacturing factory, and now, the plant is ready to manufacture nearly every model of Samsung.

"The new facility with give direct jobs to 1,000 people, taking the existing workforce at this plant to 6,000".

Earlier Modi and Korean President Moon Jae-in took a ride in the Delhi Metro train.

There has been an upswing in India's defence cooperation with South Korea and both sides are expected to explore ways to enhance it.

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