Samsung East Africa and Tana Communication PLC inaugurated a new Samsung manufacturing facility in Ethiopia last Monday (2 June 2014). This facility is the first of its kind in Africa and currently has the capacity to manufacture 70 printers a day.
In his speech at the ceremony, Tana Communication’s CEO Sium Adugna said that in addition to creating jobs, the plant will further Ethiopia’s efforts in transferring knowledge and technology. Sium also stated that the plant will minimise the cost of Samsung printers in Ethiopia, making them more accessible and making Samsung printers more competitive in the country.
Robert Nigeru Iso, Samsung East Africa’s Vice President, said that the building of the plant is a sign of Samsung’s commitment to building Africa’s information and communication technologies capacity. He went on to say that Samsung will be bringing in printer assembly engineers from Korea in order to equip local talent with the necessary skills needed to run the manufacturing facility.
The plant will initially manufacture ML-2160 and SCX-3405 W monochrome laser printers (which take the Samsung 101S black toner cartridge) as well as ML-5015 ND and SL-M3820 D multi-function monochrome laser printers.