Samsung Zimbabwe launches new assembly plant in Harare
SAMSUNG Electronics has announced the official opening of an assembly plant in Zimbabwe.
SamZim, a local Zimbabwean partner of Samsung Electronics, has established a manufacturing, sales and service outlet as well as an Engineering Academy at the Zimpost Complex along Airport Road. The production plant is a strategic tool that will create jobs for the people of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe has been chosen as a licensed producer to manufacture and distribute the Samsung Electronics products.The plant will assembly televisions set ranging from 32 inches to 55 inches and a range of refrigerators.
Through this assembly plant, Samsung Electronics will be able to realize real demand for its consumer products and develop more access points and face activities to facilitate education and create demand on consumers. Milton Macheka one of the Directors of Samzim also indicated that this will also see the launch of the Samsung Engineering Academy at the complex.A digital village is also to be established in a rural location and will consist of a solar powered internet school ,Tele-medical Centre, Solar powered Generator and a basic home lighting solution to assist children with light to complete homework.
“Semi knock down kits are currently being assembled for televisions. This is just the initial stage of the project and we are looking at using local content in the assembly. The local industries must be able to meet the Samsung standards in order to supply“So far we have identified potential local companies, one that is engaged in an injecting molding and another that does plastic manufacturing,” he explained,this is a bold and empowering move as it shall create employment, and also make original Samsung products affordable.
Sam Zim will also assist local companies that may want to supply equipment to get credit lines to make sure that their supply meets their standards.Components are being imported as are the materials to set up the Digital Village in a rural location that has been identified for the proposed project.
The Samsung Engineering Academy will commerce soon, renovations of the building are in progress. It will enlist 100 students in a partnership with Harare Institute of Technology (HIT). The students will get a Samsung certificate that is accredited internationally.Apparently all counties that have the assembly plant also have the school, meaning that the academy opening in Zimbabwe is not a new project altogether. The learning tools and curriculum are already available, Samsung Electronics is providing this facility.
“Samsung share the commitment to bringing high quality, highly desired product to the consumer market and together we have succeeded with the opening of the production plant”, said Samsung CEO in Zimbabwe, James You.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems,and semiconductor and LED solutions.
The company employs 307 000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of US US$196 billion.
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