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Samsung Electro-Mechanics
Public company
Korean: 삼성전기
Traded as KRX: 009150 KRX: 009155
Industry Telecommunication
Electronic Component
Genre Electronics
Founded August 1973
Headquarters Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Area served
Key people
CEO: Lee Yun Tae
Products MLCC, Printed circuit board (PCB), Network module, Camera module
Revenue US$ 4,992 million (2016)
US$ 20 million (2016)
US$ 19 million (2016)
Total assets US$ 6,340 million (2016)
Number of employees
Parent Samsung Group

Samsung Electro-Mechanics (SEM, Korean: 삼성전기) is a multinational electronic component company headquartered in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. It is the flagship subsidiary of the Samsung Group.

Samsung Electro-Mechanics (三星電機, English: Samsung Electro-Mechanics)is a South Korean electronics subsidiary of the Samsung Group that manufactures electronics components. The company produces chip parts such as MLCCs, printed circuit boards, camera modules, and network modules, and their semiconductor substrate has been number 1 in the world since 2005. The company is also working to become a global company, having completed a manufacturing base in Vietnam in addition to factories in the Philippines and Tianjin in 2010. Furthermore, a new Fo-PLP investment in Tianjin has been initiated in order to prepare the foundations of growth for a new market.

Established in 1973 as Samsung Sanyo Parts, name changed to Samsung Electric Parts in the following year. Name changed to Samsung Electronics Parts in 1977; name changed to Samsung Electro-Mechanics in 1987. The company is headquartered in Suwon, South Korea, with additional manufacturing facilities in Sejong and Busan. The company has overseas manufacturing subsidiaries in China, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The company recorded revenues of 6.33 trillion Korean won and 24.4 billion Korean won in profits for 2016.


- March 1973: Established as Samsung Sanyo Parts, changes name to ‘Samsung Electric Parts’ - May 1977: Changes name to ‘Samsung Electronic Parts’ - February 1987: Changes name to ‘Samsung Electro-Mechanics’ - November 1990: Establishes ‘Samsung Electro-Mechanics Thailand’ - January 1994: Establishes ‘Tianjin Samsung Electro-Mechanics’ - July 1997: Establishes ‘Samsung Electro-Mechanics Philippines’ - May 2001: Establishes ‘Samsung High-Tech Electro-Mechanics(Tianjin)’ - April 2009: Establishes Samsung LED, an LED joint corporation with Samsung Electronics, October: Included in the ‘Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)’ - April 2010: Develops ‘World’s Smallest Ultra Slim Tuner’[1] - July 2010: Establishes ‘Kunshan Samsung Electro-Mechanics’ - September 2011: Competes Tianjin Binhai Factory in China - October 2011: Develops world’s best performing 0603 2.2㎌ MLCC[2] - July 2013: Establishes manufacturing base in Vietnam - October 2013: Develops world’s best performing camera module[3] - January 2014: Recognized for world's first self charging wireless charging.[4] - September 2016: Inclusion in Dow Jones Sustainability Index World for 8 years in a row[5] - August 2016: Completes new factories in the Philippines, Tianjin (Binhai) - October 2016: Holds FO-PLP equipment installation and safety ceremony at the Cheonan Plant - April 2017: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Philippines completes new factory - May 2017: Tianjin Samsung Electro-Mechanics completes new factory


- MLCC (Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitor)

: A part needed for electronics components that allows current to flow, essentially playing the role of a dam. It is a versatile component that goes into almost all electronics, with smartphones having about 800 inside and LED TVs having about 2,000 inside. With electronics becoming ever smaller, the global trend has been to develop small MLCCs with large capacities; Samsung Electro-Mechanics is currently producing an ultra small 0402 (0.4mm x 0.2mm) MLCC that is about as thin as a human hair. As the MLCC market improves, average unit costs have trended upward. As such, the performance of the Component Sales Division of Samsung Electro-Mechanics is expected to improve even further.

※ Korea Economic Daily article footnote (9/11)

- Camera Module

The camera module is a component that uses lenses to bring an image to the sensor, which then converts the image into a digital signal, allowing for photos and videos to be taken; beyond smartphones and tablet PCs, Samsung Electro-Mechanics is expanding its field of business to include new markets such as automobile electronics and sensors. Samsung Electro-Mechanics enhances the value of their smartphone camera modules by providing high resolutions, ultra small form factors, auto focus, auto stabilization, and high quality actuators/lenses. As they have recently begun supplying the dual camera module for the Galaxy Note 8, the company's camera module business is expected to grow rapidly.

※ Electric Times Internet article footnote (6/14)

- Rigid-Flex PCB

As a substrates that combines a flexible printed circuit board with a rigid PCB, it combines each of their strengths, flexibility and reliable surface mounting, in one integrated PCB. They are suited for miniaturization as connectors between modules are not needed, and design freedom can also be enhanced by maximizing SET space availability. They are mainly used for IT devices that need to be thin and flexible, along with camera modules and the like.

※ Electric Times Internet article footnote (11/16)

Global worksite[edit]

Samsung Electro-Mechanics, which directly sells over 80 percent of its own products overseas Samsung operates production subsidiaries, R&D centers, sales subsidiaries, and offices suitable for the characteristics of the five regions of the U.S., Europe, Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. Customers can visit Samsung Electro-Mechanics, a global supplier that guarantees high-quality products, in any corner of the globe.

Domestic worksite (Korea)[edit]

H.Q. & Suwon Plant

150, Maeyoung Road, Yeongtong-Gu, Suwon City, Kyeonggi Province 443–743, Korea

Sejong Plant

25, Samsung Road, Yeondong-myeon, Sejong 339–702, Korea

Busan Plant

114, Noksansaneopjung Road, Gangseo-gu, Busan 618-270, Korea

Seoul office

27st Fl, Samsung Seocho-Tower 1320-10, Seocho 2-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-857, Korea

Overseas plant[edit]

Tianjin Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.(TSEM) 27, Heiniucheng-Road, Tianjin, China 300210

Samsung High-Tech Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.(STEM) Xiqing Dist. Micro-Electronics Industrial Park, Jingang Highway, Tianjin, China 300385

Kunshan Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.(KSEM) 8, Yoaning Rd, Kunshan E&T Development Zone, Jiangsu Province, P.R. China 215300

Samsung Electro-Mechanics Philippines Corp.(SEMPHIL) Block No. 5, Calamba Premiere International Park, Barangay Batino, Calamba, Laguna, The Philippines

Samsung Electro-Mechanics Thailand Co., Ltd.(SEMT) Wellgrow Industrial Estate, 93 Moo 5T. Bangsamak, A. Bangpakong, Chachoengsao 24180, Thailand

Samsung Electro-Mechanics Vietnam Co., Ltd.(SEMV) Yen Binh Industrial Zone, Dong Tien Ward, Pho Yen District, Thai Nguyen Province 250000, Vietnam

Overseas sales offices[edit]


  • Samsung Electro-Mechanics America, Inc. 3333 Michelson Drive Suite 500, Irvine, California, 92612, U.S.
  • São Paulo Office 04578-910 Av. Das Nações Unidas, 12901 – Torre Oeste 22 andar – Brooklin Novo São Paulo, Brasil
  • San Jose Office 85W Tasman Drive, San Jose, California, 95134 U.S.
  • Chicago Office 1870 West Winchester Blvd. Suite# 247 Libertyville, Illinois, 60048 U.S.
  • Phoenix Office 4505 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 115, Phoenix, Arizona, 85048, U.S.
  • R&D Center (Atlanta) 30308 75 Fifth Street, NW Suite 760 Atlanta Georgria, U.S.


  • Samsung Electro-Mechanics GmbH. Samsung Haus, Am Kronberger Hang 6, 65824 Schwalbach/TS, Germany
  • London Office Samsung House 1000, Hillswood Drive, Chertsey Surrey KT16 OPS, UK
  • Istanbul Office Harman Caddesi, Polat Plaza B-Block No.4, Kat4 Levent-80640 Istanbul, Turkey
  • Helsinki Office 02601 Lars Sonckin Kaari 14 Espoo Finland


  • Samsung Electro-Mechanics (H.K.) Ltd. 8/F., Central Plaza, 18 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, China
  • Shenzhen Office46 F, New World Center, Yitian Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, China 518026
  • Suzhou Plant Suchuan #17D Industrial Square, No.428 Xinlong Street, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, China 215000
  • Beijing Office 24F, China Merchants Tower, No.118, Jianguo Rd., Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100022
  • Shanghai Office Rm. 1211, Shanghai International Trade Center No.2201 Yan An (W) Rd., Shanghai, China 200335
  • Taipei Office 9F-1, No.399, Ruey Kuang Road, Neihu District, Taipei City 114, Taiwan R.O.C.


  • Samsung Japan Co., Ltd. 17th Fl., Roppongi T-Cube Building,3-1-1, Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 106-8532, Japan
  • Osaka Office 6th Fl., Crystal Tower, 1-2-27, Shiromi Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-6006, Japan

Southeast Asia

  • Samsung Electro-Mechanics Private Limited. 3 Church Street Samsung Hub #23-01 Singapore 049483
  • Bangkok Office 23rd Floor, Lake Rajada Bldg., 193/100 Rachadapisek Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
  • Penang Office 11700, 1-05-3A, Menara IJM Land, Lebuh Tunku Kudin 3, Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia
  • Manila Office Block No. 5, Calamba Premiere International Park, Barangay Batino, Calamba, Laguna, The Philippines
  • New Delhi Office 122009, Vipul Tech Square, 2nd Floor, Golf Course Road, Sector-43, Guragon, Haryana, India
  • India Software Center Unit No. 201, 2nd Floor, World Trade Center, Brigade Gateway, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore - 560055, Karnataka, India


As of January 2018 Samsung Electro-Mechanics’ Board of Directors is composed of 3 internal directors and 4 outside directors, and there are 5 sub committees within the Board of Director. These committees are the Compensation Committee, Management Committee, Audit Committee, Outside Director Nomination Committee, and the Internal Trading Committee.[7] Currently, an outside director is serving as Chairman of the Board for Samsung Electro-Mechanics.[8]

Samsung Electro-Mechanics was classified at A+ rating in ESG assessment and selected as the outstanding company in the securities market from Korea Corporate Governance Service in 2016.[1]

Environment management[edit]

Greenhouse gas[edit]

In the results of the evaluation of CDP(Carbon Disclosure Project) Korea Committee in 2016, Samsung Electro-Mechanics has been selected in CDP Korea Hall of Fame for three consecutive years in 2014. CDP Korea Hall of Fame is retained only if the company achieves Leadership A- or higher.[2] CDP is the assessment initiative showing high reliability of the entire world's sustainability assessment indicators.[3] It is used as investment guidelines related to climate change of financial investment institute by collecting and opening greenhouse gas information of the world's major listed companies.[4]

Since 2008, Samsung Electro-Mechanics has built low-carbon management system such as carbon management system, low-carbon product development. It also participated in Green Partnership promoted by Korea government for making low-carbon supply of suppliers by supporting for reduction of carbon dioxide and development of low-carbon product to the suppliers.[5] In 2013, it published carbon management report in order to open performance carbon management and future plans of carbon management and it opened 'Low-Carbon mid-term Vision 2020' vision with goal of 15% reduction of GHG intensity compared to 2014 by the year of 2020. It reduced by about 250,000 tons of greenhouse gases over the last five years based on the low-carbon medium term strategy.[6]


In the 34th Energy-Saving Promotion conference awarding a prize to person who contributed to the improvement of energy efficiency and overcoming the power supply crisis, Chi-joon Choi, CEO of Samsung Electro-Mechanics was awarded the Siver Tower Industry medal with best honor.[7] Since the organization dedicated to energy was established in 2008, it has established energy management policy and has built global energy management system basis. With these system, it had made about 2,000 energy reduction projects for 5 years until 2012 and it accomplished investment of 35.6 billion won and reduction effect of 42.4 billion one. It is removing energy waste factors by installing standards of equipment energy efficiency rating system, building efficiency rating system, supply equipment efficiency rating system.[8]

It was awarded the energy management system certificate (ISO 50001) by Korea Energy Management Corporation and it is participating to "Energy Management Accomplishment Evaluation Demo Business".[9]

Social Contribution[edit]

Samsung Electro-Mechanics is contributing to society in many ways by providing cultural activities, physical activities and medical support. SEMCO runs a handicapped/youth orchestra program, hosts a national badminton tournament for handicapped players and provides free artificial joint surgery for low income families. In addition, each Division of SEMCO has established a sisterhood relationship with farming/fishing villages, in order to provide support for the local communities.

Since 2002, Samsung Electro-Mechanics started to set up a sisterhood relationship with farming or fishing villages around the country, and as of 2016, Samsung Electro-Mechanics is now twinned with 17 small towns in Jeolla-do and Gangwon-do.[10]

In 2005, Samsung Electro-Mechanics started to provide free artificial joint surgery for low income families as part of the company's medical support policy, and as of 2016, 514 beneficiaries from Gyeonggi-do, Chungcheong-do and Gangwon-do regions underwent the procedure.[11]

Since 2006, a badminton tournament for disabled is regularly held annually, and about 3,000 people including the players, supporters and volunteer service teams participate from 16 cities around the country.

Since 2008, the national music competition for handicapped students, in which individuals or groups of students with developmental disabilities, visual impairment or physical disabilities can participate and compete, is being hosted along with TJB Daejeon TV.[12]

In 2013, Samsung Electro-Mechanics founded an orchestra, hello!SEMCO, composed of 35 children and teenage members with disabilities.[13] They recently held their first regular concert.[14]

Supply Chain Management[edit]

Win-Win Growth[edit]

In 2016, Samsung Electro-Mechanics obtained an excellent grade in win-win growth index evaluated by the National Commission for Corporate Partnership since 2012.[15] Samsung Electro-Mechanics developed a win-win fund of 77.5 billion KRW from October 2010 to support facilities and operation of its partner companies (suppliers), and still strengthening support for its suppliers by expanding performance sharing policy, providing funds and supports for 2nd vendors and providing consultation.[16] For 6 years from 2006 until 2012, SEMCO's sales improved by 2.4 times, while the average sales of partner companies (suppliers) improved by 3.1 times.[17]

In 2004, Samsung Electro-Mechanics created its own win-win cooperation department and provided a variety of supports in many different areas since.[18]

In 2005, "Win-Win Plaza" that can accommodate employees from partner companies and co-develop many projects, was established in Suwon Plant. Every year, about 10 suppliers move in and closely work with Samsung Electro-Mechanics from the initial stage of product development. For instance, "Digitaloptics", a partner company who moved into the Win-Win Plaza in 2011, co-participated in "Sharing Performance Policy" with Samsung Electro-Mechanics, and as a result, they were able to improve their productivity, reduced the cost of lens to 50% and reduced molding cost.[19]

In 2009, Samsung Electro-Mechanics established an educational-industrial consortium and a win-win academy to expand learning opportunities for employees of partner companies and provide training & education that centers around the work-site.[20] Since 2011, Samsung Electro-Mechanics hosted an annual "Win-Win Growth Technology Development Exhibition" where SEMCO and partner companies can co-develop new products that require immediate securing of original technologies.[21]

In July 2013, Samsung Electro-Mechanics held a relay open communication forum with 320 partner companies and 2nd vendors for 1 month and discussed about new technologies, new product development R&D and how to improve competitiveness.[22] From the open communication forum, 3 key topics for Win-Win Growth ("Improving supplier competitiveness, Expanding performance sharing policy and creating green management ecosystem) was suggested.[23]

In 2016, Samsung Electro-Mechanics set direction of win-win growth as TRUST and run a variety of programs; Technology, Responsibility, Upgrade, Share/Security, Together. Since 2004, Samsung Electro-Mechanics has been holding a Win-win Growth Festival in which Samsung Electro-Mechanics shares the direction of win-win growth and award top suppliers every year in order to strengthen strategic partnership with suppliers and promote win-win relationship. [24]

Conflict Mineral[edit]

Samsung Electro-Mechanics does not use conflict minerals(3TG: Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten, Gold) unethically mined in 10 countries. Samsung Electro-Mechanics take part in the ‘Conflict Minerals Free Committee’ organized by the CFSI co-established by the EICC and GeSI, and KEA(Korea Electronics Association), managing conflict mineral risks within the supply chain.


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  2. ^ "Carbon Management Honors Club". Energy Economic News. 31 October 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Rate the raters 2012 A GlobeScan/SustainAbility, 2013년
  4. ^ CDP Homepage
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  7. ^ "[Energy saving is our competitiveness.] Semsung Electro-Mechanics". Etnews. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "[Energy Special] Silver Tower Order of Industrial Service Merit – CEO Chi-joon Choi of Samsung Electro-Mechanics". The Kyunghyang Shinmun. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO) issues certification for ISO 50001 energey management". Energy & Environment News. 29 December 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Samsung Electro-Mechanics provides free artificial joint surgery for low income families and disabled". The Digital Times. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Lee Chun Tek Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital, 500th free artificial joint surgergy". Maeil Business News. 20 October 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "[Sharing with neighbors] Samsung Electro-Mechanis". Internet hankookilbo. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
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