What you need to know
- Samsung has closed its last remaining smartphone factory in China.
- The closure comes in response to stiff homegrown competition, rising labor costs, and the economic slowdown.
- Production will be shifted to India and Vietnam.
Samsung has been losing ground in China for years now as homegrown brands, such as Huawei and Xiaomi, continue to rise. In what is another sign that China is a lost market for Samsung, the company has just officially shut down its last phone factory in the country.
Park Sung-soon, an analyst from Cape Investment & Securities, had this to say:
The news comes after Samsung initially reduced production at the factory in Huizhou last June and suspended another factory last year. A decrease in demand for Samsung phones is not the only reason Samsung has decided to close its last smartphone factory in China.
It also cites increasing labor costs and the economic slowdown. At the same time, smartphone sales have been on a downward trend globally for years now and that certainly played a factor as well. With its last phone factory in China closing, production has now shifted to more affordable countries such as India and Vietnam.
Samsung isn't the only one getting out of China though. Sony has also stated it will be closing its Beijing smartphone plant and using factories in Thailand instead. We also reported back in August that Google was moving its production of the Pixel smartphones outside of China to Vietnam citing the rising labor costs and tariffs as the reason.
Good. About time. In the future, though things might look ok now, as homespun brands can serve a self-contained Chinese domestic market without the necessary presence of foreign companies... China itself will come to rue the day it lost their presence. I get the feeling that a few years down the road Apple will suffer the same fate. China may be a huge market but they are self-deluded if they think walling (pun intended) themselves off from the rest of the world is going to work out in their favour. These companies need to now focus on India, but especially Africa, a market that doesn't get enough recognition.
China also steals tech from Samusung.
They steal and copy from any foreign company they can. That's the ONLY reason why they have caught up so fast in certain sectors.
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