Samsung announced on Tuesday (24) that it temporarily closed the Manaus plant. The initiative aims to collaborate with the quarantine encouraged by national authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) due to the new coronavirus. In a note, the South Korean giant says the measure is valid until March 29.
This is the South Korean conglomerate’s second attitude to the pandemic. Last week, Galaxy S20 deliveries were anticipated in the domestic market. Consumers started to receive it at home or pick it up in stores two weeks ahead of schedule.
Although Samsung chose to close the factory in the North of the country, the decision does not affect the manufacturing operation in Campinas. In the city, procedures remain normal, only employees of the office and the research and development sector have been ordered to work from home.
The Sammobile portal highlights that the brand’s largest Latin American market is located in Brazil. In the country, the manufacturer has received a high demand for intermediate and advanced smartphones, home appliances and QLED TVs.
In addition to closing a factory in Brazil, Samsung closed other factories in India, Slovakia and South Korea. The Covid-19 pandemic also affected the operation of the brand’s physical stores, which had their doors closed in Canada, China, Malaysia and in the United States.
What Samsung says
Check out the full note sent by Samsung Brazil:
“For Samsung, the health and safety of our employees is our highest priority and, as a precautionary measure, we are closing the Manaus plant from March 24 to 29. In addition, the employees of our office in São Paulo and the our R&D Center in Campinas have been working from home since March 23, a decision taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The company is continuously monitoring the situation of COVID-19 and remains committed to the well-being of all. reinforces that it follows all prevention guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health of the country and other local authorities. It also emphasizes that it is committed to ensuring the well-being of its employees. “