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Samsung suppliers in Vietnam branch out to new frontiers

Companies cultivated as phone parts suppliers turn tech toward local industry

A worker makes printed circuit boards at a Meiko Electronics factory in Hanoi. The Samsung supplier aims to put its tech to work in automobile parts as well.
A worker makes printed circuit boards at a Meiko Electronics factory in Hanoi. The Samsung supplier aims to put its tech to work in automobile parts as well.

TOKYO/HANOI -- A decade after Samsung Electronics announced that it will produce smartphones in Vietnam, its army of local suppliers have begun to branch out to new businesses, strengthened by the experiences they have acquired through working with the South Korean conglomerate.

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