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Samsung Electro-Mechanics Newsletter 2018.03

Place where MLCC Competitiveness is Secured, 1 Year Anniversary of New Tianjin Manufacturing Plant

Of the 4 seasons experienced by Korea, Spring comes every year in March. As it is also the season that kicks off a new academic year, it is just as much about new beginnings as January is, so let us learn more about the Tianjin plant that began a new path last March.

Samsung Electro-Mechanics has 3 Manufacturing Plant in China, located at Tianjin, Gaoxin, and Kunshan.
Of these, the Tianjin Manufacturing Plant was established and introduced in January of 1994 as a plant located in the capital region of China that would utilize the abundant labor in the area to strengthen cost competitiveness. The city of Tianjin is one of the cities in China playing host to large numbers of Korean people, and as such, is also home to the factories of many Korean business ranging from major corporations to mid and small businesses. In terms of economic scale, the city of Tianjin is already bigger than Pudong in Shanghai, and is growing rapidly.

But why are they the focus of this March story?

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The Tianjin Manufacturing Plant is Samsung Electro-Mechanics’ top plant for manufacturing MLCC, a core component of electronic devices. As it was becoming difficult to fill the orders for high capacity MLCC with the supply from the existing plants alone, MLCC lines were installed at the nearby Binhai factory (established in September 2011), after which the new Tianjin Manufacturing Plant was established in March of last year by having the old one move to that location. As such, with a better operating rate and higher production capacity, the Tianjin Manufacturing Plant joined the Philippines Manufacturing Plant as Samsung Electro-Mechanics’ business performance.

Initially, the Tianjin Manufacturing Plant manufactured TV and VCR tuners, VTR drums and motors, etc., but then additional facilities were added and the plant began manufacturing FBT and aluminum electrolytic capacitors as well in 1995. Production is now mainly focused on MLCC, as explained above.

MLCC are vital components for electronics, with roughly 800~1,000 going into one smartphone, about 2,000 in one LED TV, and about 1,200 in one PC. When using an electronic device, uneven current going into a circuit can cause components, and by extension the electronic device itself, to fail. Only the required current must be allowed to flow, so MLCC play a role akin to a dam, saving up electricity for each electronic component and delivering only the required amount when needed. High performance products such as electronic vehicles need even more of these components, so they can be seen as a core element of the 4th industrial revolution.

Samsung Electro-Mechanics, the world leader in high performance, ultra-small MLCC!
Expect even greater things from Samsung Electro-Mechanics’ Tianjin plant, which will continue to evolve alongside the MLCC.