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Samsung opens world’s biggest smartphone factory in India

Moon Jae-in and Modi cut ribbons during the inauguration of the world's largest mobile factory at the Samsung India electronics private limited in Noida. (AFP)

Samsung opened the world’s largest smartphone factory in India on Monday, a move Prime Minister Narendra Modi said would help transform Asia’s third-largest economy into a global manufacturing hub.

Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in inaugurated the giant assembling plant -- an expansion of an existing Samsung facility -- in the city of Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi.

“The Noida plant has now become Samsung’s largest smartphone manufacturing unit,” Moon said, as the company announced that it planned to eventually manufacture 120 million smartphones a year at the factory.

The decision by Samsung comes at a critical time for the South Korean electronics giant, which is facing a tough battle from Chinese competitors for the control of India’s massive smartphone market.

It is also a shot in the arm for Modi’s flagship “Make in India” campaign which is trying to attract foreign investment and drum up much-needed jobs in manufacturing.

Modi said the new factory would generate jobs in Uttar Pradesh, an impoverished state of roughly 220 million where his Bharatiya Janata Party won a crucial election last year.

“This is an important step towards making India a manufacturing hub,” the prime minister said of the $750 million factory investment.

“It is a matter of pride for India and Uttar Pradesh.”

President Moon will be formally received by India’s President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday before holding talks with Modi in the Indian capital.

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Last Update: Monday, 9 July 2018 KSA 20:03 - GMT 17:03
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