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Samsung heavy to shoot up R&D investments

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Samsung heavy industries have digitalized industrial design and inventory management since 2019. Last time it partnered with Microsoft to introduce the cloud system. In Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, a small production control center has been run since last year for collecting related information.

Samsung heavy industries have increased its R&D investment and ratio by 1.5 billion won to 51.6 billion won and increased from 0.7 percent to 0.8 percent, respectively.

Last year Samsung heavy industries and the Korean atomic energy research institute initiated a joint project last year in order to use a molten salt reactor for ship propulsion.

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At present Samsung heavy industries are concentrating on smart, eco-friendlier, and more digitalized ships. Specifically, they are working on autonomous navigation vessels, fuels, and engines to satisfy International Maritime Organization regulations.

Most the South Korean shipbuilders have increased their R&D investments this year despite the huge losses in the previous year. Much of the investments went to new fuel development for carbon reduction, smart ship development, and shipyard construction.

Looking at Samsung Hyundai heavy industries are also planning to put a commercial operation greenhouse gas reduction system for reducing the carbon emission from the ship by 2025, and zero-carbon propulsion systems using hydrogen, ammonia, and electricity by 2030.

However, the research on intelligent remote control vessels is in progress and will be completed by 2025 and will launch fully autonomous and unmanned vessels by 2030.

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Samsung leads Q3 smartphone market, Huawei’s entry haunts Apple

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Samsung ranked first in market share in the global smartphone market in Q3, 2023. TrendForce report says that Samsung led the global Q3 smartphone market, recording a market share of 19.5%.

Overall production in the third quarter increased by 11.5% compared to the previous quarter to 60.1 million units. During the same period, Apple’s production increased by 17.9% to 49.5 million, thanks to iPhone 15.

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Third place was taken by Xiaomi (13.9%), followed by Oppo (12.6%) and Transion (8.6%). 6th place is Vivo (8%). Meanwhile, global smartphone production reached 308 million units, a 13% increase compared to the previous quarter and a 6.4% increase from the previous year.

Huawei’s re-entry into the flagship smartphone market targeting Apple has had a significant impact in China. Huawei is aiming to expand its high-end flagship series, focusing on the Chinese domestic market next year, so Apple “We plan to attack directly”.

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Underdog phone brand jumped 50%, Samsung and Apple lost ground

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In Q3 2023, Samsung and Apple’s market share slightly declined, while an underdog Chinese phone brand appeared on the top 5 chart. In a recent development, Canalys published market research data for the third quarter, revealing Tanssion as the fifth best-seller globally.

According to the info, Samsung and Apple lead total sales with 20% and 17% market share, yet both have fallen from their 22% and 18% levels in 2022. However, Tanssion, the maker of Tecno, Itel, and Infinix phones, climbed from 6% global market share last year to 9% in 2023, a 50% jump.

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Apart from this, Xiaomi matched last year’s share only by “recovering” from a terrible first half of 2023. At the same time, OPPO has fallen steadily over the past two years, while fellow BBK brand vivo lost the top-5 slot it’s owned for years.

Overall, the global smartphone market underwent a slight drop of 1% in Q3 2023. Bolstered by regional recoveries and new product upgrade demand, the smartphone market recorded a double-digit sequential growth in Q3, ahead of the sales seasons.

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Samsung enjoyed 2023’s last victory over Apple?

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Recently, research agency Counterpoint Research published their latest analysis. The report reveals that Samsung continued its leadership in the third quarter of 2023, while Apple remained in the second spot. However, both OEMs faced a decline of 1 percent year over year.

According to CR, slower consumer demand is the main factor in the dwindling sales. The market did see a slight 2 percent growth in Q3 compared to Q2, likely driven by last month’s iPhone 15 series launch. Samsung secured 20 percent market share, while Apple grabbed 16 percent sales.

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The Galaxy A-series was the key driver for the South Korean smartphone maker. Apple came in second with 16 percent of the market while Xiaomi rounded out the top three with its 12 percent share. Oppo (10 percent) and vivo (8 percent) were the remaining brands in the top five charts.

The newly released iPhone 15 series will help Apple score a lead over Samsung in the fourth quarter of the year. The results will arrive by early next year, and it’s expected that the US phone maker could surpass Samsung. Major camera upgrades and USB-C helped Apple register strong sales.

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