Samsung Galaxy Note 7: How Factory That Made ‘Exploding’ Phone Batteries Caught Fire


At a Samsung SDI Co Ltd factory operated by Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery supplier, a minor fire broke out on Wednesday in China.

The fire though pegged a ‘minor’ incident at the Samsung SDI factory, drew out 110 firefighters and 19 trucks. It was caused by waste products including faulty batteries, according to the Korean company and local emergency services.

In the northern Chinese city of Tianjin, the fire was contained to a part of the site used for waste processing, including faulty batteries. Thankfully there were no casualties or significant impact on the operations of the plant as most of the factory is still running as normal.

The Wuqing branch of the Tianjin fire department said that the “material that caught fire was lithium batteries inside the production workshops and some half-finished products”.

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Samsung SDI operates five plants within China, with Tianjin operating as the main manufacturing point for small batteries used in portable electronics, including the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 that had to be recalled twice and withdrawn from sale.

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Last month, Samsung said that SDI and China’s Amperex Technology Ltd, the two battery suppliers for the Note 7, were to blame for the product failure that cost it $5.3 billion in operating profit.

Samsung SDI is due to supply batteries for Samsung mobile’s upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone model which replaces the Galaxy Note 7 mode, despite the Note 7’s issues.

Samsung SDI said that it is has invested approximately 150bn won ($131m) in safety. The Note 7’s fires have caused manufacturers and battery supplies across the globe to double down on testing, with some delaying shipping devices with more advanced batteries in favour of older, inferior but tried and tested designs.

Meanwhile, probably as part of it Valentine promo sales, Samsung is offering a new deal with its current flagship, which is a free 256GB microSD EVO+ memory card with every Galaxy S7 Edge or Galaxy S7 despite the exploding issues recorded with the phone units.

The customer goodwill offer is only valid for a week to US customers who purchase a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge or Galaxy S7 between February 8 and February 14.

Samsung says the 256GB microSD EVO+ memory card offers up to “95MB/s Read and 90MB/s Write speed with Class 10 and U3 compatibility,” and is ideal for 4K video recording and playback.

Industry sources reveal the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be crucial in maintaining the company’s competition with arch rival Apple and newer players such as China’s Huawei.

The phone which will be launched at the end of March, will have an edge-to-edge infinity screen, iris scanner and waterproof design. After the Note 7 issues, Samsung’s mobile team are under pressure to deliver success with the Galaxy S8.

According to latest whispers, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will ship in two models – both with a dual-curved, edge-to-edge display.

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The Galaxy S8 will arrive with a large 5.8-inch Quad HD display and a 3,250mAh battery, but maintain the same footprint as the Galaxy S7. There is also expected to be a 6.2-inch QHD AMOLED display model, with a hefty 3,750mAh cell, marketed as the Galaxy S8 Plus.