Fate is a cruel mistress, and Samsung is experiencing some of the worst of it. Samsung SDI, one of the two companies behind the batteries for the Galaxy Note 7, reported that its factory in Tianjin, China caught fire on Wednesday.
No reason for the blaze has been provided as of yet, but firefighters say that lithium-ion batteries had caught fire. Several semi-manufactured battery products were also ignited.
It was reported that some 19 fire engines and 110 personnel were deployed to combat the fire after they were alerted at 6am. It is unknown how long firefighters took to control the fire.
Samsung SDI is one of the two companies that were responsible for the faulty batteries that doomed the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung Electronics had earlier released a report blaming manufacturing defects for the incidents; a report that has since been corroborated by a government watchdog.
Samsung is currently investing additional funds to improve the safety of its battery designs. The company has said that it will be adding additional checks to ensure that the problem doesn’t happen again as well.
[Source: South China Morning Post]