Samsung has recently announced that it has opened its first ‘assembly plant in Africa, in Ethiopia’, with the factory established to manufacture up to 70 printers a day, the first models of which will be the ML-2160, SXZ-3405W, ML5015ND and SL-M8320D - a mixture of monochrome and MFP machines.
The plant was inaugurated by both Samsung’s African subsidiary, Samsung Electronics East Africa, and Tana Communication PLC.
At the inauguration ceremony, Tana’s CEO Sium Adugna stated that the plant, “in addition to creating job opportunities”, will also “facilitate Ethiopia’s efforts to transfer knowledge and technology”.
Adugna also added that the facility will minimize the production cost of printers, which in turn will make Samsung printers competitive in Ethiopia.”
Robert Nigeru Iso, Samsung East Africa’s vice president, commented that the opening of the plant is a “sign [of] Samsung’s commitment to build Africa’s information and communication technologies’ capacity”, and that the OEM will “bring printer assembly engineers from Korea” to “equip local talent with the necessary skills for running the assembly”.
This first printer assembly plant is opened in the city of Bahir Dar by, the capital of the Amhara Regional State.