LG Chem, LGES set to invest $13 billion in EV battery manufacturing by 2030
LG Chem Ltd and its wholly-owned battery subsidiary LG Energy Solution (LGES) have announced that it plans to capitalize a combined 15.1 trillion won (US$13.17 billion) in South Korea this decade.
Globally, countries are racing to strengthen EV battery supply chains as demand for electric vehicles surges to combat climate change and automakers partner with battery makers to guarantee uninterrupted supplies.
China is dominant, but South Korea is comparatively well-placed, with plans to capitalize a combined more than 40 trillion won through 2030, the country's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said.
That comprises money from Samsung SDI Co Ltd and SK Innovation Co Ltd and other battery material makers, as well as Thursday's announcement from LG Chem and LGES.
LGES supplies batteries to automakers comprising Tesla, General Motors, and Volkswagen.
By 2030, it will capitalize 12.4 trillion won to expand its South Korean production capacity and to develop next-generation battery technologies, while LG Chem plans to invest 2.7 trillion won.
LGES said it has battery orders worth 180 trillion won and targets to increase its annual production capacity to 260 gigawatt-hours (GWh) in 2023, which could power about 3.7 million electric vehicles.
With battery production sites in China, Poland, and the United States as well as South Korea, the company had an annual capacity of about 120 GWh of batteries as of the end of 2020.
In March, LGES said it plans to capitalize US$4.5 billion in the United States in its battery business through 2025.