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The coronavirus epidemic continues to disrupt China's manufacturing and logistics sectors, forcing smartphone manufacturers to adapt. Among them this is South Korean tech giant Samsung, which has begun shipping smartphone components to Vietnam by air and sea, where two-thirds of its handsets are now being assembled. China and …

  1. fnusnu

    Great opportunity

    Perhaps they could focus on the software for a while and get the Feb Android updates out.

  2. Dippywood

    Not as much stockpiling as you might think in anticpication of the new year

    Vietnam also celebrates the Lunar New Year - Tet - so will have had a corresponding, although slightly shorter, holiday.

    There, as in China, it is customary to return to the family home for the festival, and a similar migration to the cities has taken place.

    So, components stocks might dwindle more quickly than some would expect.

  3. alain williams Silver badge

    Just in time is great ...

    until something like this happens.

    1. Korev Silver badge

      Re: Just in time is great ...

      The Observer had an interesting article on this yesterday.

      1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

        Wow. I had no idea that the consequences could be so widespread. In retrospect though, yeah, basing a big chunk of your production capacity in the same country is asking for trouble when things like this crop up.

        I guess this is going to be a wake-up call for quite a few industries. From now on, companies will need to diversify their production centers and not only implant in countries with cheap labor. From time to time, having a site in a less-cheap country will be useful to pick up the slack when the cheap country has a hiccup like this.

        I'll let the MBA's find the right balance for this.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I got a Samsung a10e phone today now I'm very scared of getting the coronavirus plus tell me I'll be ok

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