Samsung to Produce 80% of Cell Phones Overseas

Samsung Electronics is expected to manufacture over 80 percent of its mobile phones in overseas plants in 2010.

According to the mobile phone industry on Sunday, the electronics giant plans to produce 269.67 million cell phones this year in seven plants worldwide including a local factory in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province.

Under the plan, the six overseas plants will make a total of 221.32 million units, accounting for 82 percent of the total production.

Samsung's facility in Tianjin, China will produce the most at 82.72 million units, followed by Huizhou, China (73.26 million), Gumi (48.36 million), Vietnam (34.15 million), Brazil (13.95 million), Shenzhen, China (8.97 million), and India (8.27 million).

It is the first time that Samsung's proportion of overseas cell phone production will top the 80-percent mark. The proportion has risen gradually from 25 percent in 2005 to over 70 percent last year.

A Samsung spokesman said, "It's natural to see the proportion increasing since we've expanded our dominance in the global market."

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 11, 2010 09:45 KST