A peek inside of Samsung’s mobile device factory in Gumi, South Korea

May 6, 2014
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We have all heard the many horror stories about the insides of mobile device factories including talks of high suicide rates, dangerous conditions and poor wages. Foxconn in particular has come under fire over the last few years for its factory conditions, though it’s far from the only facility to have ran into troubles.

Turning to Samsung, just last month there was report of a worker in an R&D facility in Suwon, Korea that died after a leak of hydrofluoric acid gas. There were also four others that were hospitalized as a result of the same incident. Earlier this year there was even a riot at a Samsung factory in Vietnam due to an altercation between construction workers and the factory’s security guards.

Between all this bad news, you’d think that every mobile manufacturing plant would offer the same crowded, grueling conditions. Thankfully, this isn’t always the case. Over the weekend, Business Insider published an article about Steve Kovach’s tour inside of Samsung’s mobile device factory in Gumi, South Korea. During the tour, Kovach noted that the facility looked more like a college campus than a factory, thanks in large part to its attractive outdoor recreational areas. Notably the insides were also clean and well kept.

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As for the workers within the facility? Kovach says that most of the workers he spotted where younger women, in their late teens and into the mid-twenties. Kovach’s Samsung guide further clarified that most of the workers start at the company right out of high school, particularly those that are unable to attend college for whatever reason.

The majority of these employees depart from the factory when they are ready to start a family, but Samsung says it offers college courses at night for employees who wish to advance their education and potentially go up-the-ladder in the company.

 

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The biggest takeaway is that while many factories across the world do in fact have poor conditions, it’s not necessarily something you’ll find universally wherever you go. Furthermore, public attention towards poor conditions will only serve to better improve the situation globally.

Here’s to hoping that the factory seen in the images above soon becomes more representative of all smartphone factories across the globe — rather than the darker, gritter images we’ve seen of other facilities in the past.

Comments

  • Shark Bait

    Is the factory in the picture LG?

    • Andrew Grush

      LG is also in the top picture, yes. Samsung and LG have factories “next door” to one another. :)

      • Shark Bait

        Ahhhh keep your enemy’s close!!

        • Anonymousfella

          Keep your enemies closer! Must help both; a peek and you get to know what your rival is making. Plus I wonder how many rumours these workers might spread.

  • Nikolas Manuelides

    Why does Samsung’s Factory have a giant LG logo in the roof? o.o

    • Andrew Grush

      That’s not Samsung’s factory. The two factories are neighbors is all.

    • http://nsood.in/ Naman Sood

      Samsung; Life’s Good. :P

      • Cas

        Lol, didn’t see that coming xD

  • kcocymkcus

    ?maybe its the one next door

  • MaryJLong

    The biggest takeaway is that while many factories across the world do in fact have poor conditions, it’s not necessarily something you’ll find universally wherever you go. Furthermore, public attention towards poor conditions will only serve to better improve the situation globally. http://sn.im/28vubb5

  • Otto Andersson

    As of this post, my international galaxy s4 is being fixed in this very city . Korea fixes phones much cheaper than America and Europe! I don’t know how the hell they are affording these conditions.

    • dodz

      i dont know, maybe cause your galaxy s4 is a korean phone? and that very city has parts everywhere cause its probably made in that city?

      • simpleas

        lol i think you know

      • Otto Andersson

        It’s actually a Polish phone. I travel a lot, parts and labor are under 100usd. It’s been double that every other country I tried. (cracked screen).

  • Hugo Oskarsson

    Let’s just hope this isn’t just a facade factory to make Samsung look better and that these conditions exist in their other factories too.

  • mbkarki

    Where is the PEAK that your headline tells me to peek into?

  • Will S.

    It looks like a motherboard.