On The afternoon of May 20, US President Joe Biden arrived in South Korea, officially kicking off his three-day visit to the country. After his arrival, Biden traveled with South Korean President Yoon Seok-yol to a Samsung Electronics semiconductor plant in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, as scheduled.
Mr. Biden and his entours walked through the dust-free workshop in suits, a stark contrast to the workers in dust-free suits who wrapped themselves behind them.
The Pyeongtaek factory is known to be the largest semiconductor factory complex in the world. Guided by Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-Yong, the two leaders toured the inside of the factory, visiting the first production line, which is currently in operation, and the third production line, which is under construction.
Samsung Electronics introduced to Biden the world’s first full-scale production of a 3-nanometer semiconductor with a full-surround grid structure. After touring the plant, Biden told the press, “I just saw how this plant makes the most advanced semiconductor chips in the world.”
“Working closely with Allies and partners like South Korea that share value with the United States is critical to securing our demand and strengthening the resilience of our supply chain,” Biden said in his remarks.
“That’s how we’re going to prosper, and that’s how we’re going to strengthen our resilience over the long term so that our people are best positioned to compete in the 21st century. Only by securing supply chains can we avoid relying on other countries for economic and national security.”
After visiting Samsung electronics’ semiconductor plant in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, Biden expressed appreciation for Samsung’s investment in the U.S. and expressed confidence that the world’s best semiconductors will be produced at Samsung’s Taylor plant. Samsung has already created more than 20,000 jobs in the United States, and this investment will create another 3,000 quality new jobs in Tyler. Samsung electronics has already announced that it will invest $17 billion to build a new fab in Tyler, Texas.