Fire breaks out at Samsung semiconductor subcontractor

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Mar 9, 2014 - 20:08
  • Updated : Mar 9, 2014 - 20:08
A fire broke out on Sunday at a local factory run by a subcontractor supplying semiconductor parts for Samsung Electronics’ new flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone.

The fire started at 7:10 a.m. on the third floor of the three-story building in Gyeonggi Province, spreading through the second and third floors. It was put out at around 2 p.m., according to reports.

The more than 10 workers who were working at the factory lines on the day were safely evacuated. No casualties were reported.

The factory is operated by a local Samsung subcontractor that produces copper-based parts fitted into the semiconductors that power the smartphones.

Authorities said they were looking into the exact cause of the fire.

The tech firm claimed that the impact of the fire was limited, stressing that it would have no problem in supplying the Galaxy S5, the latest in its flagship S series smartphones.

“The fire will not affect the release date of the Galaxy S5 since the company has additional factory lines in other regions including Ansan, Gyeonggi Province,” a Samsung official said.

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress in February.

By Kim Young-won (