Samsung to make Chennai plant global hub

Written by Yogima Seth | New Delhi, Dec 28 | Updated: Dec 29 2007, 06:02am hrs
Barely a month after Samsung India started operations at its Chennai plant, the company has shipped its first overseas consignment of 5,000 colour televisions to Sri Lanka. The Chennai plant, Samsungs second facility in India, is all set to become the companys global manufacturing hub and will see Samsung India gradually shifting all its export operations from its Noida plant to Chennai.

From the logistics point of view it makes more sense to export the entire range of consumer durables from Chennai rather than Noida, said R Zutshi, deputy managing director of Samsung India. He, however, said this would happen over a period of time as the company gradually ramps up operations at its Chennai plant. The new plant will also see a vendor base coming up there. We plan to work with and develop our vendor base in Chennai, so that we can continuously enhance our competitiveness in domestic as well as global markets, added Zutshi. With a total production capacity of 1.8 million units as of now, of which 1.5 million units will be flat TVs and 0.3 million units of LCDs per annum, the Chennai plant will eventually roll-out fully automatic washing machines starting next year.