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Samsung to end smartphone production in Tianjin

Sales slump forces global leader to streamline China operations

Samsung's smartphones face growing competition from Chinese rivals.   © Reuters

SEOUL/BEIJING -- South Korea's Samsung Electronics will shut down smartphone production in the Chinese city of Tianjin as a plunge in sales keeps much of the factory's capacity idle.

Handset production will end Dec. 31 at the plant, which also makes other electronic devices and has a staff of about 2,000, according to company sources. Workers have been informed of the decision, but arrangements for those who may lose their jobs have not been announced.

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