Samsung ‘adjusts’ semiconductor output during the Xian shutdown

Samsung has announced it will “modify operations” at its semiconductor factories in response to the lockdown that began last week for the 13 million people who reside in Xian.

“This decision was made in accordance with our commitment to protecting the health and safety of our employees and partners, which remains our top priority,” the Korean giant said.

“We will also take all necessary measures, including leveraging our global manufacturing network, to ensure that our customers are not affected.”

According to The Korea Economic Daily, Samsung’s fabs in Xian account for 42.5 percent of the company’s NAND output, which corresponds to nearly 15% of global manufacturing.

Samsung invested more than 10 billion in Xian’s manufacturing plants, which employ over 3,300 people.

According to CNN, the Xian lockdown has been reinforced, with people only being allowed to leave their homes if they are participating in mass testing. It is not authorised to leave the house for groceries.

Waymo also announced a partnership with Geely, a Chinese automaker, to develop an autonomous ride-hailing vehicle under Geely’s Zeekr premium electric brand.

Waymo will integrate its Driver platform and deploy it in the United States over “years to come.” Zeekr will build the vehicle at its Swedish facilities, while Waymo will integrate its Driver platform and deploy it in the United States over “years to come.”