Trouble come in threes: Samsung briefly halts smartphone production after earthquake


There's a saying in every culture which goes like every trouble doesn't come alone. Even if it sounds different in other languages, it basically means the same thing, if you're hit with misfortune one time, expect more bad things to happen to you in a short time. Shakespeare once said that “when sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.”

That is exactly what's happening to Samsung for the last couple of weeks. After the South Korean company had to issue a recall order for 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 units earlier this month, another misfortune slightly affected its business.

About a dozen industrial facilities had their operations halted after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shacked South Korea on September 13. Samsung is among the major businesses affected by the brief interruptions, as the company said it halted the production line for precision mold that makes plastic cases for smartphones.

The good news is the company's main assembly line for smartphone production was only briefly halted for the inspection that usually happens after each of these natural events. Also, Samsung's chip plants in Giheun and Hwasung were affected by the earthquake, as three photo facilities with equipment to print chip circuits using lights on wafer were stopped temporarily.

According to a Samsung official, "there was no production shortfall because we temporarily halted the equipment sensitive to vibration and the assembly resumed the operation after the inspection."

So, while the Galaxy Note 7 replacement process may continue without any major delays, we can't help but wonder what's next for Samsung.

source: Korea Herald

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9 Comments

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Fanboy war aside, Let's wish South Korea earthquake (and North Korea flood) have speedy recovery and citizens there be fine.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I second that.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I third that!

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Next they will have problem with their new Gear S3 that got announced at IFA and will probably get released pretty soon. Could you image if those things had a battery defect that cased them to catch fire while strapped to your wrist!

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I doubt Samsung can afford to mess-up again with it's devices. A battery defect will be the last issue to likely occur in Samsung's gadgets again.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

One can only hope.

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Of course the new gear won't have a battery defect, that post was simply hypothetical.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17418; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Who cares if Samsung had to stop production for a period? This was a natural disaster, so let's be concerned about the human beings who have been injured or suffered losses because of it, not the profits of some gigantic corporation. Though, I suppose if they're down they might not be paying folks who would normally be building phones, so they're affected.

8. cosmin.v

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

Of course we are more concerned about people, but we are reporting about technology here.

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