Samsung, headquartered in Seoul, is the largest South Korean multinational conglomerate company. Founded in 1938 as a trading company, Samsung is now a major world player in the consumer electronics, information technology, shipbuilding, construction, insurance, defense and advertising industries. Since the 1990s, Samsung has increasingly globalized its activities, and electronics, particularly mobile phones and semiconductors, have become its most important source of income.
Since its founding in Suwon, Korea in 1969, Samsung Electronics has grown into a global information technology leader, managing more than 200 subsidiaries around the world. The companyӳ offerings include home appliances such as TVs, monitors, printers, refrigerators, and washing machines as well as key mobile telecommunications products like smartphones and tablets.