Samsung is preparing to transfer power. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)
Hong Kong - Samsung, the world’s biggest maker of memory chips, will
invest $7bn in a Chinese semiconductor plant to meet growing
demand for the NAND flash memory used in smartphones and other devices.
The spending will take place over a three-year period and be focused
on its plant in Xi’an, the Suwon, South Korea-based company said in a
statement on Monday.
Samsung’s strength in memory chips has driven the company’s earnings
to a record in the most recent quarter, and helped it become more
The announcement came just days after a Seoul court sentenced
Vice chairperson Jay Y. Lee to
five years in prison for his role in a graft scandal.
READ: Samsung heir sentenced to five years for graft conviction
NAND is used in everything from smartphones to connected appliances,
as well as memory cards and flash drives.
Samsung had about 41%
of the NAND market in the March quarter, more than double the 18%
of Toshiba, which
developed the technology, according to
data compiled by Bloomberg from IDC.
The South Korean company is also
the biggest producer of dynamic random access memory, or DRAM, with
about 44% of sales.
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