Sam­sung mulls boost­ing ca­pac­ity at China fa­cil­ity

New Straits Times - - Business -

SEOUL: Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics Co Ltd said yes­ter­day it is con­sid­er­ing adding mem­ory chip pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity at its man­u­fac­tur­ing base in China amid an in­dus­try-wide boom.

The firm was con­sid­er­ing adding ca­pac­ity at its fa­cil­ity in Xi’an but no specifics had been de­cided, said a Sam­sung spokesman.

Sam­sung, the world’s No.1 mem­ory chip maker, has al­ready in­vested US$7 bil­lion (RM29.8 bil­lion) in the Xi’an fa­cil­ity to make 3D NAND mem­ory chips.

The chips are used for high­end data stor­age prod­ucts on elec­tronic de­vices such as smart­phones, per­sonal computers and data servers.

South Korean me­dia reports said yes­ter­day that Sam­sung was in ad­vanced talks with the Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties to add 3D NAND chip ca­pac­ity in Xi’an, and that con­struc­tion could be­gin be­fore the year-end.

Re­searcher IHS ex­pects this year’s mem­ory in­dus­try rev­enue jump 32 per cent to a record US$104 bil­lion.

In­dus­try ex­ec­u­tives and an­a­lysts say 3D NAND sup­pli­ers will likely strug­gle to keep up with or­ders this year.

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