Samsung to spend money on South Korea mega chip-making plan

Samsung'S Semiconductor Production Facility In Pyeongtaek, South Korea.Samsung

Electronics big Samsung says it plans to speculate round 300tn gained ($230.8bn; £189.6bn) over 20 years within the South Korea authorities’s push to develop a mega semiconductor hub within the nation.

This can be put in direction of constructing 5 chip factories, the agency instructed the BBC.

Samsung is the world’s greatest maker of reminiscence chips, smartphones and TVs.

Under the official plan, firms in high-tech industries can be provided incentives like expanded tax breaks and infrastructure assist.

“The mega cluster will be the key base of our semiconductor ecosystem,” South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday.

It mentioned it deliberate to safe round 550tn gained in private-sector funding and “leap forward as a leading country in the middle of fierce global competition over advanced industries”.

South Korea’s move comes as “major players are ramping up efforts to boost onshore manufacturing in the semiconductor sector,” Paul Triolo from the worldwide advisory agency Albright Stonebridge Group instructed the BBC.

“It wants to emulate to some degree Taiwan’s clustering effect, where the trifecta of science parks… form a massive cluster that has attracted numerous other companies, both upstream and downstream in the supply chain,” he mentioned.

Semiconductors, which energy every little thing from cell phones to army {hardware}, are on the centre of a bitter dispute between the US and China.

In October, Washington introduced that it might require licences for firms exporting chips to China utilizing US instruments or software program, regardless of the place they’re made on the planet.

Last week, the Netherlands mentioned it additionally deliberate to place restrictions on its “most advanced” microchip expertise exports to guard nationwide safety.

Around the identical time, South Korea’s commerce ministry raised issues over the US coverage on semiconductors.

The ministry mentioned the Chips Act “could deepen business uncertainties, violate companies’ management and technology rights as well as make the United States less attractive as an investment option”.

China has ceaselessly referred to as the US a “tech hegemony” in response to export controls imposed by Washington.

South Korea is home to different main microprocessor producers corresponding to SK Hynix.


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