[THE INVESTOR] UK’s departure from the European Union is likely to further burden Korean electronics and home appliances makers.
Europe’s slowdown has been dragging down Samsung Electronics
and LG Electronics
’ sales in the region in recent years. Samsung’s European sales had accounted for 21.2 percent of the total in 2013, but the figure dropped to 12.8 percent last year. Over the same period, LG’s figure went from 11.2 percent to 10.3 percent.
While sales have slowed, Brexit is expected to add hurdles for the two companies.
Local companies do not operate production facilities in the UK.
Samsung Electronics’ European production base for home appliances is located in Poland, and those for television products are in Slovakia and Hungary. LG Electronics’ main European facility is located in Poland.
With the UK now severed from the EU, industry watchers have raised concerns that Korean companies’ products made in Europe could be subject to tariffs when entering the UK market.
Samsung is also reported to considering relocating its European headquarters in London to a location in Europe.
By Choi He-suk (email@example.com