September 22, 2003 in Social Responsibility News

TOSHIBA and SAMSUNG Electronics to Integrate Optical Disk Device Businesses

Tokyo and Seoul?TOSHIBA Corporation and SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd. today signed a memorandum of terms covering integration of their respective optical-disk-drive businesses in a joint venture. The two companies will now finalize details of the agreement in readiness for incorporation of the joint venture.

The new joint venture will bring together product and business planning, product development, procurement and sales for optical-disk drives (ODD), including CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives. The new company will be 51% owned by TOSHIBA and 49% owned by SAMSUNG Electronics and consolidated by TOSHIBA. The JV will be headquartered in Japan, while its wholly owned subsidiary established in Korea will control operations there.

The scale of the combined operation will position the joint venture among the world leaders in the ODD business. With 2002 annual sales exceeding 200-billion yen, the collaboration is expected to further enhance its global position.

The optical-disk-drive business faces fast changing customer requirements for faster, slimmer drives, and a rapid transition in the main product to recordable DVD drives. Price erosion and alliances are also making themselves felt and further intensifying competition. In this environment, advantages in technology, product development and price competitiveness are all crucial for survival.

The new joint venture will construct a competitive business structure that can promote optimized use of management resources and leadership in the global market.

About TOSHIBA Corporation
TOSHIBA Corporation is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems. The company's integration of these wide-ranging capabilities assures its position as a leader in semiconductors, optical-disk drives, HDDs, PCs, mobile consumer products, and other electronic devices. TOSHIBA has 166,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of over US$47 billion. Visit TOSHIBA's web site at:

About SAMSUNG Electronics
SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunications, and digital convergence technology. SAMSUNG Electronics employs approximately 75,000 people in 89 offices in 47 countries and business performance for 2002 account for 49.6billionUS$ in sales and 5.9billionUS$ in net income. SAMSUNG Electronics is the world's leading company of advanced semiconductors, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones, monitors and VCRs. SAMSUNG Electronics consists of four main business units: Device Solution Network, Digital Media Network, Telecommunication Network and Digital Appliance Network Businesses. More information can be found at:

Press Contacts:
* TOSHIBA Corporation:
Midori Suzuki
International Media Relations Group
Corporate Communications Office
Tel: ++81-3-3457-2105
Fax: ++81-3-5444-9202

* SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd.:
Sunghae Park
Corporate PR Group
Device Solution Network
Tel: ++82-31-209-7037

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