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Samsung refutes news of halting operation at Saigon Hi-tech Park

Samsung asserted it has been planning for providing accommodations and quarantine measures for the facility in the hi-tech park

South Korean giant Samsung has disclaimed rumours that it has halted operations at the manufacturing facility at Saigon Hi-tech Park that went viral a few days ago.

Under the fourth resurgence of COVID-19, plenty of overseas companies in Vietnam, including Samsung have had to temporarily halt operations at Saigon Hi-tech Park (SHTP) as per the requirement of the local management board, reported Bloomberg.

Accordingly, the SHTP Management Board was reported to have compelled establishments to briefly shut down until they can come up with plans about quarantining and providing accommodations for their employees at the park during the health crisis.

However, as soon as the news was published, a representative of Samsung in Vietnam denied the information and asserted that it has had plans prepared to provide accommodations and also quarantine measures for its facility in the hi-tech park. The representative claimed the facility has been operating normally.

Meanwhile, other subsidiaries of US-based Intel, Japan-based Nidec, Japan-based Nipro, which are also located in the park, remain silent about the management board’s decision.

Previously, Nidec Vietnam had halted operations for a week when an infection case was discovered at its factory. The problem also forced the company to let go nearly 65 per cent of employees.

To date, the establishment provided accommodations for nearly 4,000 labourers and is currently waiting for the management board to approve its quarantine plan to resume work.

SHTP is home to 85 companies with more than 45,000 workers. Last year, the park’s entire manufacturing value reached $21 billion, up 23 per cent on-year. Of this, about 20 companies submitted quarantine plans to the management board.

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