Noida now has the largest mobile factory in the world

Samsung makes world's largest mobile factory in Noida

Samsung makes world's largest mobile factory in Noida

"But I think that has been left behind with South Korean investments worth $600 million coming in past year", Prakash said pointing at firms like carmaker Kia and Samsung announcing fresh investments in India in recognition of the Indian market and the buying power of the urban middle class.

Looking back at how Samsung started operations in India, it was in 1997 that the company initiated churning out televisions which were followed by refrigerator production in 2003. "We were contacted by the Korean Embassy officials and now all of us are planning to meet her", said Geeta Phogat's cousin Rahul Phogat said.

The new factory is part of a $700 million expansion plan. The Samsung's new unit is also expected to create employment for more than 5000 people.

Noting that the factory would not only generate more jobs but also make India a global export hub, Modi said, "India is now second in terms of phone manufacturing".

Spread across 35-acres at Sector-18 in Noida, the new plant will be producing smartphones along with refrigerators and television sets. "In the past four years, the number of mobile manufacturing factories has gone up from two to 120". The mentioned plant will double the smartphone production.

# 04:30 PM: PM Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in listen to Mahatma Gandhi's favourite bhajans, sung by classical singer Vidya Shah at Gandhi Smriti in Delhi.

The facility which was jointly inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea, was announced a year ago in June where the company unveiled its expansion plans at an investment of Rs 4915 cr to add new capacity to the Noida plant.

The South Korean President is on a three-day visit to India, having arrived in New Delhi on Sunday evening. Noting that there are 500 Korean companies doing business in India, Moon said: "The Indian government is planning to build 100 Smart Cities and construct industrial corridors to link the major cities".

While Modi's "Make in India" campaign is still a long way from delivering on ambitious job promises, the program has had some success with the phased manufacturing of mobile devices and components.

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