Samsung opens R&D Center in Finland

The South Korean mobile phone giant Samsung is establishing a research and product development unit in Nokia’s backyard in Espoo.

The newly established R&D Center in Finland is Samsung’s first in the Nordic countries. According to Samsung, the center will focus on the development of open source software and advanced technologies in the domains of graphics, web & security for digital devices such as smart phones, tablets, Digital TV and PCs.

Samsung plans to recruit at least 50 experts in these technical domains in the coming years, and to steadily grow the center based upon future technology direction and expertise. Huawei and Intel have already established research and product development units in Finland before Samsung.

Finland’s excellent eco-system

According to Samsung, the company chose Espoo to be able to benefit from the excellent technology development eco-system in Finland. The new site is in close proximity to Espoo’s Otaniemi Science Park, the largest technology, innovation and business hub in Northern Europe.

This will allow the company to create collaborative partnerships with world-class research organizations, academic institutions and over 800 companies from start-ups to multinational corporations. Samsung Electronics will actively build relationships and co-develop cutting edge technologies with our Finnish partners.

Fuelling innovation

“The goal of the Finland R&D Center will be to further fuel new innovations and we expect this R&D Center will play a key role in Samsung’s innovation within Europe,” says Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics Mr Chang-Yeong Kim, Head of Digital Media & Communications R&D Center.

Samsung is currently the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturer. The company’s market position is especially strong in smartphones. During the first quarter of this year, Samsung shipped more smartphones than the next four biggest vendors put together.

Sources: Samsung Press Release, YLE, Reuters