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Samsung’s Note 7 Recycling Center in China Catches Fire

Samsung SDI’s Chinese manufacturing facility in Tianjin, China, is recovering from damages caused by a fire that broke out on Wednesday.

In September 2016, Samsung suspended sales of its newly released Galaxy Note7 smartphone and issued a recall after discovering a manufacturing defect in the phones’ batteries had caused the devices to overheat, resulting in dangerous fires and explosions.

Now, Samsung SDI’s Chinese manufacturing facility in Tianjin, China, is recovering from damages caused by a fire that broke out on Wednesday.

While the Tianjin fire department states that the fire was caused by lithium batteries inside the production workshops and some half-finished products, a spokesperson for the facility claims that the fire began in the recycling division of the facility, which handles waste and faulty batteries.

ExtremeTech has more information:

Every now and then, the universe hands you a story on a silver platter, served with a whopping huge side of situational irony. On Wednesday, 19 fire engines and 110 firemen reported to a fire at Samsung SDI’s Chinese manufacturing facility in Tianjin. The fire was put out without widespread damage to the plant, which mostly remained on a normal manufacturing schedule.

Read the full story here.

TAGS: E-Waste
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