Coronavirus Quarantine Rule Implemented for 700 Samsung Display Engineers in Vietnam
Samsung Electronics has said it would temporarily move some smartphone production to Vietnam from South Korea after another of its Korean staff tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing it to close a factory.
A company spokesperson said the group had suspended operations at its factory in the southern city of Gumi in South Korea after a worker tested positive for the virus. The plant makes Samsung’s premium phones like S20 and Z Flip foldable phones. It is expected to resume production on Saturday, the company said.
Since February, six workers have tested positive at the factory complex in Gumi, close to the city of Daegu – the epicenter of South Korea’s virus outbreak. This has led to previous temporary closures at the plant.
The move to shift output of ‘some premium smartphones to Vietnam intends to supply products to consumers in a more effective, stable and timely manner,” according to Samsung.” Once the COVID-19 situation stabilizes, we plan to move back the output to Gumi,” the statement added.
Samsung has already shifted quite a bit of its smartphone production to Vietnam over the past decade, where it makes over 50 percent of its phones.