Samsung is set to commence laptop manufacturing at its Noida facility in India later this year, expanding its production capabilities beyond smartphones. The South Korean tech giant, which already manufactures smartphones in the country for domestic and export markets, is now gearing up to assemble laptops locally. Presently, Samsung produces laptops in China and Vietnam, and the models manufactured in India are intended for sale in the domestic market.
TM Roh, Samsung’s Mobile Division President, revealed during a media briefing on Monday that the company is in the process of readying its Noida facility for laptop manufacturing. He emphasized the significance of Noida as a production base, stating, “Noida is a very important production base for Samsung. It is the second-largest base for Samsung. There may be some changes at the plant to optimize it as per the global demand, but what remains unchanged is the fact that it is an important base for us.”
Reports from last September had indicated Samsung’s plans to start laptop production at its Noida facility, with initial expectations for the process to begin a month later. Although there seemed to be delays in those plans, the company has now officially confirmed its intention to manufacture laptops in India.
The Indian government imposed restrictions on laptop imports in August 2023 as part of its strategy to bolster domestic manufacturing. Apple, HP, and Samsung suspended laptop imports in response, and the government provided a three-month grace period before the licensing regime for laptop imports would take effect.
However, prior to the end of the three-month period, the government reversed its decision, announcing that it would not impose the licensing requirement on laptop and computer imports. Instead, it stated that it would monitor the inbound shipments of these devices.
In May of the previous year, the government introduced the PLI 2.0 scheme for IT hardware, earmarking Rs. 17,000 crore for its implementation. Notably, India witnessed a decline in computer and laptop imports, which amounted to $7.37 billion (approximately Rs. 61,300 crore) in 2021-22 and reduced to $5.33 billion (approximately Rs. 44,300 crore) in 2022-23. The move towards local manufacturing aligns with the government’s efforts to boost the country’s production capabilities and reduce dependence on imports.