Samsung pledges $22 billion investment in new technology push

Source:Reuters-Global Times Published: 2018/8/10 0:03:41

Samsung Group will invest 25 trillion won ($22 billion) over the next three years in artificial intelligence, 5G mobile technology, electronic components for autos and the biopharmaceutical business, Samsung Electronics said on Wednesday.

The plan is part of a broader 180 trillion won package South Korea's biggest business group is planning to spend over the period to create jobs and secure new growth areas, as its core semiconductor and smartphone businesses weaken.

Samsung Electronics, the world's top maker of memory chips and smartphones, along with the group's flagship company did not provide a breakdown of the figures but said it will provide most of the investment.

It said the group plans to significantly expand its artificial intelligence (AI) research capability, which would help to increase the number of advanced AI researchers to 1,000 across its global AI centers, and to heavily invest in biopharmaceuticals.

"Samsung has seen strong growth from both its contract manufacturing and biosimilar businesses. It will continue to invest heavily in the businesses, including developing and manufacturing biosimilars," it said in a statement.

The announcement sent shares in contract drugmaker Samsung BioLogics up more than 5 percent. Shares in the group's information technology services affiliate Samsung SDS rose 5 percent.

The plan, which includes capital spending as well as research and development in chips and displays, marks a 6 percent jump from its spending over the past three years.

Of the total, 130 trillion won will be spent in South Korea, and is expected to create 40,000 jobs, or 20,000 more than its previous hiring plans, Samsung said.

The investment plan comes after South Korea's finance minister met Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee on Monday and called for help with job creation.

Lee was released from jail earlier in 2018 after a year in detention on bribery charges, lifting hopes among some investors that Samsung will hike investments and create jobs.

Samsung Group has 62 affiliates, with a total asset of 399 trillion won.

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