Apple, computing giant Dell and Kingston Technology are members of a Foxconn-led consortium bidding for Toshiba's chip unit, the chief executive of the world's largest electronics manufacturer told Reuters on Monday (12/06). (Reuters Photo/Bobby Yip)

Asian Company Investments in US as Trump Takes Office


FEBRUARY 04, 2017

Singapore. Manufacturers in Asia's export-oriented economies are rushing to announce investment plans in the United States, as US President Donald Trump calls for companies to build more products in the country.

Trump has already issued an executive order withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, threatened to brand some countries as currency manipulators, and is considering import tariffs or border taxes as part of his "America First" policies.

Following is a list of Asian companies that have announced plans to help the United States create jobs and boost manufacturing.

Samsung Electronics

The South Korean firm may build a US plant for its home appliances business, a person familiar with the matter said on Feb 2.

Details, including the amount of money it might invest and where the new plant would be located, have yet to be decided, the person said.

Samsung officially declined comment but said it has made significant investments in the United States, including $17 billion for a chip plant in Austin, Texas.

LG Electronics Inc

The South Korean electronics firm said on Feb 2 it will decide whether to build a manufacturing base in the United States within the first half of the year and warned of risks from the Trump administration's trade policies.

Samsonite International SA

On Jan 26, the world's largest luggage maker said it was considering relocating some of its manufacturing to the United States. Nearly 40 percent of Samsonite's sales are in the United States.


Foxconn's chairman Terry Gou said on Jan. 22 that the world's largest contract electronics maker may set up a display-making plant in the United States. Such an investment would exceed $7 billion and could create about 30,000-50,000 jobs.

Gou said Foxconn, whose formal company name is Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, has considered the move for years. The idea was revived when Foxconn business partner Masayoshi Son, head of Japan's Softbank, talked to him before Son's December meeting with Trump.

Foxconn already has operations in Pennsylvania, which Foxconn would prioritize, depending on land, water, power, infrastructure and other investment conditions, Gou said.

Hyundai Motor Group

The Hyundai Motor Group, which includes Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp, said on Jan 17 it plans to lift US investment by 50 percent to $3.1 billion over five years and may build a new plant there.

Group President Chung Jin-haeng denied the plan was due to any pressure from Trump. A new US factory would depend on whether demand improved under the next US administration, he said.

The investment would retool existing US factories and boost research on self-driving cars, artificial intelligence and other future technologies.

Toyota Motor Corp

The Japanese automaker announced on Jan. 9 a $10 billion investment plan in the United States over the next five years - the same as in the previous five years - to meet demand and upgrade plants to build more fuel-efficient models.

The automaker has come under fire from Trump over plans, announced in 2015, to shift production of the Corolla to its Mexico plant from Canada. Toyota has said its mid-term US investment plans were not a response to Trump's remarks.

Softbank Group Corp

Son, the head of telecom operator Softbank, met Trump on Dec. 6 and pledged a $50 billion investment that would create 50,000 new jobs in the United States.

The investment, announced jointly by Trump and Son in the lobby of the Trump Tower in Manhattan, would come from a $100 billion investment fund Son announced in October jointly with Saudi Arabia's sovereign-wealth fund, media reports said.