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Samsung ups localisation rate to 57%

Update: July, 28/2017 - 09:00
Officials and representatives of local companies participating in the “Samsung Sourcing Fair 2017” in Bắc Ninh Province. — Photo Courtesy of Samsung
Viet Nam News

BẮC NINH — Samsung Việt Nam has achieved a significant breakthrough in increasing the localisation rate of its products from 35 per cent in 2014 to 57 per cent at present.

Participants of the “Samsung Sourcing Fair 2017” also heard that the number of Vietnamese enterprises joining Samsung’s supply chain has increased dramatically.

A total of 215 enterprises, including 25 tier-1 vendors and 190 tier-2 vendors, are currently participating in the supply chain for Samsung’s factories in Việt Nam, which include Samsung Electronics Việt Nam (SEV), Samsung Electronics Việt Nam Thái Nguyên (SEVT), SEHC Complex (HCM City), Samsung Display Việt Nam (Bắc Ninh), Samsung SDI Việt Nam (Bắc Ninh) and Samsung Electro-Mechanics Việt Nam (Thái Nguyên).

The company expects its tier-1 vendors to increase to 29 in 2017.

The annual workshop and exhibition, which has been held in Việt Nam since 2014, aims to discover and connect domestic component suppliers with Samsung. It seeks ways to enhance the competitiveness of hi-tech suppliers in particular and boost development of Việt Nam’s parts manufacturing industry in general.

This year’s event, organised in the northern province of Bắc Ninh on Wednesday, drew the participation of 26 enterprises that are expected to act as core agents for support industry development in Việt Nam.

Company officials noted that there were 15 totally new firms nominated by the ministries and enterprises associations.

Speaking at the event, Shim Won Hwan, chairman of Samsung Việt Nam Complex, said the exhibition on supporting industry has been considered the first official connection between Samsung and Vietnamese enterprises, in a series of activities to assist parts suppliers.

“Enthusiastic participation along with great determination of potential businesses in this 4th event gave us impetus to continue implementing practical activities to help them improve their productions and enhance their competitiveness. They will play the very important roles as the core agents to create the spreading effect for the general development of supporting industry in Việt Nam.”

Phạm Ánh Dương, chairman of management board of An Phát Plastic and Green Environment Joint Stock Company, which produces thin packaging items for exports to Japan, the US and EU, said his company has been considering becoming a local parts supplier for Samsung.

“I think we will surely face difficulties at first time to meet Samsung’s requirements including quality, production process and corporate social responsibility,” Dương said.

However, he added that the company is confident because it has 15 years of experience in exporting to foreign markets.

An Phát planned to invest US$50 million in its plant and production process to be eligible to participate into the supply chain.

“We expect our revenue to increase by 15 per cent over current levels after becoming Samsung’s local supplier. Last year, our company’s revenue was VNĐ2.1 trillion ($92.3 million) and the expected revenue this year would be around VNĐ3 trillion,” he said.

It created opportunities for six enterprises to showcase their best performance after finishing the 3-months programme with Samsung experts.

The consultancy programme with South Korean experts helps enterprises improve their production process and meet the criteria for supplying products and components to Samsung factories with products’ error ratio decreasing by an average of 25 per cent and production capacity increasing by 30 per cent.

From 2015 to date, 26 Vietnamese enterprises have benefited from the programmes.

Starting this year, Samsung will expand the programme to hi-tech industries, helping local firms to produce sophisticated electronic parts and be part of Samsung’s global supply chain for hi-tech products. — VNS




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