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LG, Magna join forces for manufacturing auto components in South Korea

LG Magna e-Powertrain headquarters in Incheon, South Korea

LG Electronics (LG) and Magna International Inc. have announced that they have signed a transaction agreement that establishes a joint venture between the two companies. The new company, to be called LG Magna e-Powertrain, is headquartered in Incheon, South Korea, and will be led by a strong management team, the companies said in a statement.

The creation of the joint venture unifies Magna's strength in electric powertrain systems and world-class automotive manufacturing, with LG's expertise in component development for e-motors and inverters. Announcing the LG Magna e-Powertrain's executive team marks a milestone for the joint venture company, which will manufacture e-motors, inverters, and on-board chargers and, for certain automakers, related e-drive systems.

Leading the new company will be CEO Cheong Won-suk, a 20-year LG veteran who was most recently vice president and head of the LG Vehicle Component Solutions Company's Green Business. Preceding LG, Cheong spent nearly a decade with Daewoo Motors R&D.

Javier Perez, who has been with Magna since 2016, will be the new company's COO. He will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the joint venture. Perez brings nearly a quarter-century of automotive manufacturing and quality control experience to LG Magna e-Powertrain, 18 of those years based in Asia.

The design, engineering, and manufacturing synergies created by LG Magna e-Powertrain is expected to enable both companies to quickly react to market trends and capitalize on the growing global shift toward vehicle electrification. The new company will develop powertrain components that offer automakers a scalable portfolio, from complete solutions enabling electrification and functionality to integrate intelligent operating software and controls in new e-drive systems.

"Partnering with Magna enables LG to scale up its global production, provide additional business opportunities, and offer synergies in procurement and technological innovation. The integrated and collaborative approach is expected to deliver quickly for customers and capitalize on the rapid growth of the worldwide electric powertrain market," CEO Cheong said.

"The market for e-motors, inverters, and electric drive systems is expected to have significant growth between now and 2030. Our joint venture company brings together experts from Magna and LG to deliver a world-class portfolio of electric solutions. Leveraging existing technologies, engineering capabilities, and global footprints, LG Magna e-Powertrain seeks to enable advancements that help automakers achieve some of the biggest challenges ahead in electrifying their full vehicle lineups," COO Perez said.

LG Magna e-Powertrain will be made up of more than 1,000 employees in the US, South Korea, and China, the companies said in the statement. 

Author : Moulin Oza
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