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Samsung Is Investing In An Electric Car Company

Electronics Giant, Samsung announced last Friday that it was is in talks to buy shares of Chinese electric car maker BYD in the latest tech-auto collaboration.

The South Korean company said that the move is aimed at strengthening its burgeoning semiconductor business for vehicles. Samsung said it will disclose the size of the investment after finalizing the deal.

BYD's Song, an electric SUV, at the Beijing Auto Show in April.
Samsung, the world's largest maker of memory chips and smartphones, said the deal will also boost its components businesses for electric cars and smartphones. The company said the talks with BYD will not affect supply deals of Samsung SDI, a lithium-ion battery supplier for electric vehicles.

BYD (the name stands for 'Build Your Dreams') is part of an emerging wave of Chinese companies that stand to profit from global demand for solar and wind power, electric cars and other clean and renewable energy.

The company started out as a battery developer, founded in 1995 by engineer Wang Chuanfu and 20 co-workers from a state-owned company. It grew to supply about half of the global market for mobile phone batteries before expanding into electric vehicles with the 2002 purchase of a small producer of gasoline cars that became BYD Auto Ltd.

A South Korean newspaper reported that Samsung is expected to spend about 3 billion yuan ($448 million) for a 4% interest.


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