World's largest mobile phone factory opens outside Indian capital

World's largest mobile phone factory opens outside Indian capital

World's largest mobile phone factory opens outside Indian capital

Samsung Electronics has opened what it is calling the world's largest mobile phone manufacturing facility.

The Korean company recently announced it was investing $760 million in the expansion, making the unit the largest in the world, according to Indian government officials.

The factory will be inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at 5 p.m. local time.

The Noida factory, which was set up in 1996, is one of the first global electronics manufacturing facilities set up in India. The current mobile phone manufacturing unit was added in 2005.

The new Samsung factory will have the capacity to assemble 120 million smartphones per year, and make everything from low-end handsets that cost under US$100 to its flagship S9 model, according to the company.

The mobile phone plant can produce almost 12 crore mobile phones every year, and will create 15,000 job opportunities.

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Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh chief minister said that the state government has provided all necessary support to Samsung in establishing the new facility.

Although Samsung has taken a calculated step to expand its manufacturing facility in India, it may not bring smartphone prices down.

Spread across 35-acres at Sector-18 in Noida, the new plant will be producing smartphones along with refrigerators and television sets.

India overtook the United States past year to become the world's second-largest smartphone market after China. Thereafter, they will also visit a Samsung plant in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Today, Samsung is the market leader across mobile segments. More than 10 percent of its total production now takes place in India - but that figure could rise to 50 percent within the next three years if everything goes to plan. IDC researchers pointed out that this means India has the fastest growing smartphone market among the top 20 smartphone markets globally. India is a big opportunity across price segments, including 2G feature phones. India is the world's second-largest smartphone market, sitting below China and above the United States.

The country, he said, is marching towards a digital revolution with the availability of cheap internet data and fibre optic network reaching more than one lakh village panchayats. "Samsung, through its new unit, is just adding to the existing SMT lines in India", she explained.

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