A new home appliance factory built by Samsung Electronics in the state of South Carolina started operation. The Korean home electronics giant began to run the factory in a hurry for the purpose of minimizing damage as US President Donald Trump will finally decide on a safeguard on Korean washers by February 4.
According to Samsung Electronics on January 14, a new home appliance factory in Newberry County, South Carolina, held a ceremony to mark the first shipment of its products on January 12 and the new factory was put into operation. The event was attended by Kim Hyun-seok, head of Samsung Electronics's CE division and South Carolina governor Henry McMaster.
Samsung Electronics will produce more than 1 million washing machines annually by investing US$380 million in the factory by 2020 and gradually respond to local demand.
In December of last year, Samsung Electronics forged the Palmetto Consortium with Clemson University in South Carolina and the University of South Carolina to invest in research on manufacturing technology among others for five years and is pushing forward with a program to increase manufacturing competitiveness with local communities. All of these moves are construed as efforts to create friendly public opinions in the United States.
"We expect Samsung Electronics to take a big step forward in the US market with the operation of the home appliance factory in South Carolina as momentum,"governor McMaster said at the release ceremony.