August 24, 2023 /SemiMedia/ -- According to BusinessKorea, Samsung Electronics made the largest equipment investment ever in the first half of 2023.
According to Samsung Electronics' financial report, equipment investment in the first half of 2023 reached 25.2593 trillion won, an increase of about 24.7% from 20.2519 trillion won in the same period last year, of which 92% was invested in the semiconductor field. Samsung Electronics' research and development expenses in the first half of the year reached 13.0777 trillion won, an increase of 13.1% from 12.1771 trillion won in the first half of 2022.
Although the sluggish memory chip market caused Samsung's semiconductor division to lose 9 trillion won in the first half of the year, the company continued to invest.
Industry insiders believe that the purpose of Samsung Electronics' large-scale investment in semiconductor equipment is to narrow the gap with other chip manufacturers; in addition, Samsung also plans to carry out large-scale mergers and acquisitions in the future.
In addition, sources in the semiconductor supply chain revealed that Samsung plans to increase the price of its memory chips, but this rumor has not been confirmed.