Samsung SDI factory catches fire, faulty batteries to be blamed

Faulty lithium batteries and other waste products caused a ‘minor’ fire at Samsung affiliate’s factory SDI in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin.

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Highlights

    • Samsung SDI factory catches fire.
    • Faulty batteries caused a ‘minor’ fire.
    • SDI to supply batteries for Galaxy S8.

Samsung’s batteries seem to be in affinity with fire, be it the Galaxy Note 7 debacle or the recent fire break out in one of the Samsung’s factory. The company on Wednesday reported that faulty lithium batteries and other waste products caused a ‘minor’ fire at Samsung affiliate’s factory SDI in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin.

A Samsung spokesman on the matter stated that the fire at the SDI had been extinguished and further added that there were no casualties or any significant impact on the operations of the plant. The local fire department was called

According to the spokesman, the fire broke out in a part of the facility used for waste, including faulty batteries. However, the local fire department said that the fire was caused by batteries inside the facility.

The Wuqing branch of the Tianjin fire department who took to Sina Weibo said, “Material that caught fire was lithium batteries inside the production workshop and some half-finished products.” The fire broke out drove 110 fighters and 19 trucks to extinguish it.

Samsung last month stated that SDI and China’s Amperex Technology Ltd, the two battery suppliers for the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 caused some of the units to combust and cost $US5.3 billion in operating profit. Another report recently claimed that the South Korean tech giant is planning to replace its Chinese battery supplier over Japan’s Murata Manufacturing Company.

Although Galaxy Note 7 debacle happened due to battery defects, Samsung’s affiliate SDI is still preparing to supply batteries for the company’s next flagship smartphone Galaxy S8. Samsung SDI in February said that it has invested roughly 150 billion won ($131m) for safety measures.

The South Korean tech giant is gearing up to unveil its upcoming flagship that is set to compete with its rival Apple next iPhone. The Galaxy S8 is rumoured to launch by the end of March and go on sale by April 21.