Consumers and their digital devices have become inseparable, as the number of people using such devices and the frequency of usage continues to skyrocket. Enabling this growth is the increasing sophistication of the components contained in the devices. Samsung Electronics is probably the largest producer of these components, which include displays, memory, processors and storage media. So we’ve been growing quite a bit, too. In fact we’re outgrowing our facilities in many areas. This is probably most evident here in Silicon Valley, where we now have big plans for the future.
Headquartered in South Korea, it’s not surprising that most of our employees are based there. But we realize that innovation is by no means geographically limited, so we are continuing to expand the extent of our operations elsewhere. Clearly, a critical part of our expanding identity needs to be housed in the U. S. We looked at Silicon Valley and states beyond California as possibilities, but when all was said and done, we selected Silicon Valley as a much larger home base for housing some of the best minds in the country.
Here’s what we are contemplating: more than 680,000 square feet of “cutting edge” office space in north San Jose, and a couple of other large facilities elsewhere in the Valley. They’ll primarily be focused on R&D – talented individuals dedicated to helping us fulfill a vision of bold leadership in a rapidly changing marketplace.
The facility in north San Jose, which is to replace our current, 2-story brick-facade facility, will include many innovative design features. It will have 10 floors of office space with two partially open-air floors above ground that allow employees to be outdoors within the building. The futuristic-looking structure will be clad in white metal and clear glass in a way that reduces solar heat gain. The campus also will include a star-shaped cafeteria, rain gardens, a lawn garden, courts for basketball and badminton, and a spacious parking garage.
We’re very grateful to the City of San Jose for working closely with us to accommodate our major expansion plans here. Now, watch as we grow. We’ll keep you informed step by step, milestone by milestone, ‘industry first’ by ‘industry first’. And, most importantly, we want you to know that we greatly appreciate your support – all along the way.