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Samsung likely to begin groundbreaking for U.S. chip plant next month

It 16:09 May 27, 2022

SEOUL, May 27 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. is expected to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a US$17 billion chip fabrication plant in Taylor, Texas, next month, industry sources said Friday.

Samsung's Austin office has recently shared the photo of the construction site and the preparation works for the massive construction via its newsletter, according to the sources.

Leveling the ground for construction has almost finished, and workers are building the roads inside the 5 million-square-meter facility, which is around 1 1/2 times the size of Central Park in New York.

This undated file photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. shows the massive site for Samsung's new chip fabrication facility in Taylor, Texas. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

A groundbreaking ceremony is widely expected to take place at the site next month, with dignitaries and company officials in attendance.

The company said it expected the facility to go fully operational in the second half of 2024.

The tech giant announced in November it will build an advanced chip facility in Taylor to "help boost production of advanced logic semiconductor solutions that power next-generation innovations and technologies."

It considered multiple factors in choosing the site, such as "the local semiconductor ecosystem, infrastructure stability, local government support and community development opportunities," on top of its proximity to its current manufacturing site in Austin, about 25 kilometers southwest of Taylor.

The new plant will "manufacture products based on advanced process technologies for application in areas such as mobile, 5G, high-performance computing and artificial intelligence," the company said.

In a high-profile public event, U.S. President Joe Biden visited Samsung's chip factory last week as his first stop on his inaugural trip to Asia since taking office last year.

Biden toured Samsung's Pyeongtaek campus, the world's largest chip facility located 70 kilometers south of Seoul, with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, in a symbolic gesture illustrating the two allies' commitment to cooperating in key industries, like semiconductors.

"No specific decision has been made regarding the groundbreaking ceremony," a Samsung spokesperson said.

U.S. President Joe Biden (3rd from L) and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol (2nd from R) look around a Samsung Electronics chip plant in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, on May 20, 2022, guided by Lee Jae-yong, the de facto leader of Samsung Group and Samsung Electronics vice chair. (Yonhap)

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