Samsung's Tianjin Plant Fire Caused By Discarded Faulty Batteries
Feb 09, 2017 06:43 AM EST
It couldn't get more ironic for Samsung Electronics nowadays as its recent "minor" tragedy is still associated with the problematic batteries of Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
The South Korean company has announced that the fire which broke out at Samsung SDI Co Ltd company in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin was caused by waste products such as the discarded, faulty batteries that were once fueling the infamous model.
Reuters reported that the fire transpired in part of the facility that was used for waste that comprised of the fire-causing batteries. Meanwhile, Samsung SDI spokesman Shin Yong-doo has added that most of the plant was running normally during the event. However, the local department has stressed that it was caused by batteries inside the firm's plant.
On its verified Sina Weibo account, the Wuqing branch of the Tianjin fire department has stressed that the "material that caught fire was lithium batteries inside the productions workshops and some half-finished products. Also, the team drew out 110 firefighters and 19 trucks just to extinguish the fire.
On the other hand, Samsung SDI is now all set to supply batteries for the firm's forthcoming flagship iteration, Samsung Galaxy S8 that is slated to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this month. The arrival of S8 is much-anticipated as it replaces the beleaguered Samsung Galaxy Note 7 which was prematurely ended due to its hazardous batteries.
Despite SDI's role in the upcoming smartphone, Samsung is very vocal in addressing that the firm along with China's Amperex Technology Ltd. were the ones to blame in the very public fiasco that caused the company hefty damages in its aftermath.
Samsung SDI is stretched with five working plants within China, with Tianjin as its main operating manufacturing point. Apart from Samsung smartphones, the plant is a major supplier of batteries to most phones nowadays, as per The Guardian.