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(2nd LD) Samsung sends 300 more workers to China for chip factory expansion

Consumer Electronics 17:46 May 22, 2020

(ATTN: UPDATES with visit to China by SK Innovation and Kia Motors workers in last para)

SEOUL, May 22 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest memory chipmaker, said Friday that it has sent 300 more South Korean engineers and workers to China to complete the expansion of its second chip manufacturing facility there amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Samsung said engineers and workers, including some from its subcontractors, left for the Chinese city of Xian on a chartered flight earlier in the day.

The move came a month after Samsung dispatched 200 engineers to the Xian plant in Shaanxi Province.

This photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. on May 18, 2020, shows Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong (C) inspecting the company's chip production facility in Xian, China. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Samsung said the workers will be exempted from 14-day mandatory isolation under the "fast-track" entry system approved by South Korea and China, but they still need to be quarantined for three days even after they all test negative for the virus.

Earlier this week, Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong returned home from his trip to the Xian plant.

The Xian plant is Samsung's only foreign memory chip factory that makes 3D NAND flash products. The South Korean tech giant last year revealed it will invest an additional US$8 billion in the plant for expansion.

Also Friday, SK Innovation Co. and Kia Motors Corp. sent a combined total of 220 workers to their manufacturing facilities in Yancheng, in the northeastern Jiangsu province, through the fast-track entry system.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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