It looks like Samsung is getting closer to building a $670 million mobile phone manufacturing plant in Vietnam. Why the change of locale? Cheap labor, of course. Samsung submitted a proposal last month to authorities in the northern province of Bac Ninh, which is 19 miles NE of Hanoi and according to officials they’re close to sealing the deal. Nguyen Quang Thanh of the provincial planning and investment department had this to say,
“Once they fill in all necessary papers, we will grant the investment license right away.”
What the report fails to reveal is whether or not the factories in Gumi will be shut down or not. Which brings up the question of QA. I’m sure the same meticulous protocols they use in Korea will be enforced in Vietnam, but you never know.