Samsung establishes product innovation team

Samsung Electronics has established a team to work on hi-tech innovative business projects, officials said Monday. Its core mission includes projects on virtual reality, robotic telepresence, drones and robots, three-dimensional (3D) printing and unmanned vehicles.”The team will explore how technologies could help people’s daily life for a better future,” an official said.
Samsung mobile chief Shin Jong-kyun will lead the team inside the mobile division.

The team, which has no direct links with the company structure and divisions, will operate independently. “Given the significance of the team, members will have more authority and independence because the main purpose of the team isn’t to develop single devices for any imminent results, but to develop solutions to go with Samsung’s manufacturing capabilities,” the official said.

For full article, see Korea Times.

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Yongsan evolves from electronics industry center to the Mecca of 3D printing

2015_01_3D-printingExperience area and exhibition space built over a site of approximately 1,322m2, will be opened as early as the end of next month. A large-scale 3D printing experience area will be installed in ‘Yongsan Electronics Shopping Mall,’ a center of electronics industry in Korea. This is anticipated to produce synergy as the government is accelerating 3D printing industry development as a next-generation growth item.

According to the industry, Najin Industries will build ‘Cooperative Space of Infinite Creativity’ including a 3D printing experience area over a site measuring approximately 1,322m2 on the ground floor of Najin Shopping Mall Building 14 inside E-World in Yongsan, Seoul. This project was planned and has been promoted by Najin Industries, an E-World management company, since last year. This facility will be opened officially at the end of next month or early March at the latest. Cooperative Space of Infinite Creativity will offer a range of 3D printing related facilities in order to develop Yongsan into the ‘Mecca of 3D printing.’ This facility will comprise of ‘Seoul 3D Printing Experience Center’ together with a remote controller store, an education and experience center, a seminar room and an exhibition and event space. 3D printer developers Carima and Rokit, a 3D modeling program manufacturer and distributor Inteli Korea, a 3D scanner maker Onscans, a 3D printing solution provider STL and a 3D design provider Sculpy will open shops in the facility. The tenants in Seoul 3D Printing Experience Center can receive information about equipment, material and market trends from industry experts. Najin Industries has set out a policy to continuously increase tenants.

For full article, see Korea IT News.

Posco and Samsung open innovation centers in North Gyeongsang province

President Park Geun-hye gets a close-up look at a robot that cleans pipes at the creative economy innovation center in Pohang, North Gyeongsang. [NEWSIS]

The Park Geun-hye government’s creative economy initiative received its biggest boost thus far on Wednesday with the opening of innovation centers in Gumi and Pohang in North Gyeongsang. That brings the number of innovation centers nationwide to five, designed to assist start-ups and support regional economies.

The Pohang center in particular received a lot of attention for being independently established by Korea’s largest steelmaker, Posco. It is the first innovation center established and run by the private sector. Samsung Group, which established an innovation center in Daegu in September, opened another one in Gumi to help nearby electronics manufacturers and suppliers enhance production efficiency by implementing smart systems in their factories.

Park and Deputy Prime Minister for the Economy Choi Kyung-hwan attended the opening ceremonies for both centers on Wednesday. “Regional economies have prospered mainly around industrial complexes for the past 40 years, but those areas nowadays have struggled with deteriorating production facilities and low technological competitiveness,” Park said at the ceremony. “The two new innovation centers will certainly revitalize these places by helping traditional manufacturers roll out new products inspired by technologies like the Internet of Things, big data and 3-D printing.”

For full article, see Joongang Daily.

10,000 plants to become ‘smart’ by 2020, private – government to invest KRW 1 trillion

The government, through private – public joint effort, will promote a project to intellectualize and optimize entire production processes in 10,000 plants of small and medium-scale manufacturing companies by 2020 with an investment of KRW 1 trillion. The goal is to foster the three soft powers of manufacturing industry, which are engineering, design and embedded software, into new innovation industry to continue on the success of materials and parts industry.

On the 26th, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MoTIE) announced ‘Manufacturing Industry Innovation 3.0 Strategy for Creative Economy’ at a talk in Cheong Wa Dae with chairmen from the Chambers of Commerce across the country invited by President Park Geun-hye.

“As convergence between manufacturing industry and IT, software, service and other industries spreads throughout the world, new production methods, such as 3D printing and smart plant, are coming up to the surface,” said Trade, Industry and Energy Minister Yoon Sang-jick. “To respond to this trend, we need to change our strategy from pursuing to leading the advanced countries and promote evolution of Korea’s manufacturing industry.”

For full article, see Korea IT News.