25 years of innovative tech in PH

Samsung

Posted at Aug 12 2022 04:19 PM | Updated as of Aug 12 2022 06:11 PM

Plant 2 of the 2,000-hectare manufacturing plant of Samsung Electro-Mechanics Philippines. Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News
Plant 2 of the 20-hectare manufacturing plant of Samsung Electro-Mechanics Philippines. Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Technology has changed the way people live. From the moment we wake up, go to school or work, or even just lying down at home, and as we fall asleep, people use technology through smartphones, gadgets, wearable devices, appliances, and automobiles, among others. Life as we know it today will not be the same without the technology that changed it and helped us to live more comfortable lives.

Technological innovation has been the driving force of the Samsung Electro-Mechanics plant in Calamba, Laguna. Operating now for 25 years in the Philippines, it celebrates its anniversary by sharing what contributions it has been making to today's global technological advancements that are helping push the technology industry forward.

Samsung Electro-Mechanics opens its Philippine doors as it reveals its secret to creating innovative gadgets, appliances, and automotive.

Small in size, high in quality

Samsung Electro-Mechanics has been enabling different product innovations that we enjoy today such as smartphones, appliances, PCs, and even cars.

"We (SEM) create new business and partnerships amid the industrial paradigm shift such as robotics, AI, metaverse, and self-drive vehicles. And we are rapidly securing our position as a top-notch tech part maker based on innovative technologies," shares Duckhyun Chang, Global President and CEO, Samsung Electro-Mechanics.

Duckhyun Chang, President and CEO, Samsung Electro-Mechanics shares his enthusiasm as SEMPHIL celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News
Duckhyun Chang, President and CEO, Samsung Electro-Mechanics shares his enthusiasm as SEMPHIL celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Samsung Electro-Mechanics has seven manufacturing sites in four countries, one of which is located in Calamba, Laguna. Aside from being a manufacturing plant, Samsung Electro-Mechanics Philippines (SEMPHIL) is also one of the manufacturing technology centers of the company.

For 25 years, SEMPHIL has been manufacturing MLCC conductors, inductors, tantalum, and chip-resistors among many other parts that are used by today's smart technology. These parts can be found in smartphones, PCs, appliances, and cars.

"MLCC is one of the really high-tech products that every mobile phone or high-tech devices or recent devices will use. We are producing around 40% of Samsung's global demand around the world in the Philippines, in this factory," shares Seoncheol Park, President of SEMPHIL. 
 

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MLCC conductors compared to the size of a coin. MLCC conductors manufactured in SEMPHIL Calamba, Laguna are 0.4mm and 0.2mm in size. Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MLCC conductors compared to the size of a coin. MLCC conductors manufactured in SEMPHIL Calamba, Laguna are 0.4mm and 0.2mm in size. Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MLCC conductors compared to the size of a coin. MLCC conductors manufactured in SEMPHIL Calamba, Laguna are 0.4mm and 0.2mm in size. Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MLCC conductors compared to the size of a coin. MLCC conductors manufactured in SEMPHIL Calamba, Laguna are 0.4mm and 0.2mm in size. Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MLCC conductors compared to the size of a coin. MLCC conductors manufactured in SEMPHIL Calamba, Laguna are 0.4mm and 0.2mm in size. Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The manufacturing plant in Calamba, Laguna takes pride in their MLCC conductors that are as small as 0.4mm and 0.2mm in size. These small parts need to maintain quality while being small enough to fit today's gadgets that are becoming smaller and more complex than ever before.

"In the 5G era, the importance of MLCC is expected to grow with the development of electronic devices, self-driving cars, and the expansion of IoT. Many high-tech items such as smartphones, TVs, home appliances, and automobiles contain parts manufactured in Samsung Electro-Mechanics. Here at Samsung Electro-Mechanics Philippines Corporation or SEMPHIL, we are playing a critical role in beefing up these high-tech capabilities," adds Park. 

Securing employee welfare

SEMPHIL understands that their employees are a huge part of their success in the technology industry. With around 10,000 Filipino employees and partners, Park also shares that SEMPHIL strives to become a good company to work for. 

"As an outpost for next-generation tech products, electric vehicles, and self-driving, the company's future growth engines, the corporation is making relentless investment efforts to enhance its manufacturing, and technological capabilities. On top of that, Samsung Electro-Mechanics is striving to become a 'great company to work for' where the country's youths can grow with the organization through their passion for success," he explains.

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Employees on their way to have lunch together at their very own cafeteria that serves free food to employees. Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Employees on their way to have lunch together at their very own cafeteria that serves free food to employees. Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Employees on their way to have lunch together at their very own cafeteria that serves free food to employees. Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Employees on their way to have lunch together at their very own cafeteria that serves free food to employees. Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Samsung Electro-Mechanics offers a variety of training programs and welfare schemes for their employees' personal growth. They are also trying to discover local talent through industrial academic cooperation where they are focusing efforts to help support the country's most promising youth through scholarships and training.

Building the future with technology that cares

Meanwhile, Samsung Electronics, another business entity of Samsung in the Philippines, has already become one of the most loved electronics brands among Filipino consumers with a wide offering of one of industry-leading mobile devices, TVs, and digital appliances. 

Samsung Electronics along with Samsung Electro-Mechanics set its mission to continuously build a whole line up of products that cater to every Filipino – whatever the needs are, and price that the customer can afford at that time, they ensure that along the way and at every life stage, there is an available ecosystem of products for them.

Min Su Chu, President of Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation. Photo source: Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News
Min Su Chu, President of Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation. Photo source: Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

"Different people have different needs. From entry-level devices to our most premium line, we believe that Samsung has the widest range of products that caters to every lifestyle and everyday needs. It’s our commitment to deliver powerful connected experiences between our products to help our customers do more and make their lives easier," shares Chu.

Photo source: Samsung
Photo source: Samsung

Aside from technological advancements, SEMPHIL also contributes to the society and the Philippine economy by taking care of Filipinos from all walks of life. 

As part of its CSR activities, SEMPHIL operated livelihood activities for local low-income families, provided medical aid to nearby communities in Laguna area (in collaboration with in-house hospital), gave infant snacks and powdered milk, medicines and vitamins, and they regularly held blood donation campaigns in collaboration with Red Cross.

Moreover, they built SEMPHIL Village, a shelter that provided rehabilitation education in Laguna. They also continuously conduct environmental 'Green-up' activity by cleaning the nearby areas such as Laguna Lake, in collaboration with the National Maritime Police.

SEMPHIL also regularly plants trees to help preserve natural resources and coastal purification in collaboration with PEZA and The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and they support youth education with school maintenance activities near SEMPHIL and conduct 'SCHOOL Supporters' activities by providing schools with fans, school supplies, and even school bags.

"While we all have different expertise, we share a common purpose of working towards the growth of the group and the country," shares SEMPHIL President Park as he talks about the Samsung Group's mission.

Since 2013, SEMPHIL has bagged an array of awards through PEZA for excelling as an employer, a performer, and an exporter - they plan to continue to achieve more for the growth of the company, technological innovation, and the country.

(Left to right) Young Kwon Kim, Team Leader for Business Support Team, Seoncheol Park, President, SEMPHIL, and Min Su Chu, President, Samsung Electronics Philippines. Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News
(Left to right) Young Kwon Kim, Team Leader for Business Support Team, Seoncheol Park, President, SEMPHIL, and Min Su Chu, President, Samsung Electronics Philippines. Photo source: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

For the past 25 years, their mission has been to help improve the lives of Filipinos one product at a time as they push the technology industry forward. Samsung Electro-Mechanics along with the Samsung group of companies hope to continue being part of Filipinos' everyday lives.

To know more about SEMPHIL visit their website or check out Samsung's products through their website

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