Biden’s visit to South Korea will start with Samsung’s biggest chip factory

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Last update: May 18, 2022 at 11:45 UTC+02:00

Samsung’s largest chip manufacturing plant is in Pyeongtaek, a city about 70 kilometers south of the capital Seoul. It also happens to be one of the largest semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the world. The facilities are spread over a 289,000 square meter site, roughly the same size as 400 football pitches.

Samsung could welcome a very distinguished guest to this important establishment later this week. Korean media are reporting that US President Joe Biden will begin his three-day state visit to South Korea with a visit to Samsung’s chip complex.

It would be the first US presidential visit to the facility

President Biden is due to land in South Korea on Friday for summit talks with President Yoon Suk-yeol. After landing at Osan Air Base, Biden is expected to head straight for Samsung’s Pyeongtaek chip facility.

This scheduled activity was confirmed by the presidential office in Seoul, but he said the schedule remained tentative. If the event takes place, President Yoon of South Korea is expected to join and deliver a speech as well. Samsung vice president Lee Jae-yong is expected to give the two presidents a personal tour of the facilities.

If the visit materializes, it would be the first time a US president has visited the site. It happens to be located near Camp Humphreys, which is the largest US military installation overseas.

President Biden interacted with key business leaders to implement his vision for the future of the global chip supply chain. Samsung has been closely involved in many discussions. The company also announced that it would establish a $17 billion chip manufacturing plant in the United States in support of the initiative.

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