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LG Chem breaks ground on EV battery plant in Poland

By Shin Ji-hye
  • Published : Oct 6, 2016 - 15:58
  • Updated : Oct 6, 2016 - 17:41

Korean battery maker LG Chem broke ground on its electric vehicle battery plant located in Wroclaw, southwestern Poland, the company said on Thursday.

LG Chem aims to operate the 41,300 square-meter plant by the second half of 2017 with an investment of 400 billion won ($360 million). The plant will be capable of producing more than 100,000 batteries annually for electric vehicles that can run up to 320 kilometers on a single charge, the company said. 

LG Group Chairman Koo Bon-moo (second from right) and Poland‘s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (first from right) visit the exhibition held at the groundbreaking ceremony for LG Chem’s EV battery plant in Poland. (LG Chem)

“We will turn the Poland EV battery plant into a mecca of battery production for electric vehicles around the world,” said Lee Ung-beom, LG Chem’s energy solution chief, at the groundbreaking ceremony.

“As LG Chem’s Poland EV battery plant is the first large-scale automotive lithium battery production plant in Europe, it will play the role of vitalizing the electric vehicle industry across the whole Europe,” Lee added.

The plant will be equipped with a fully integrated production system that produces all battery components from electrodes to cells, modules, and packs.

Once the Poland plant is built, LG Chem will secure combined production capacity of batteries for more than 280,000 EVs from its four plants including in Korea, the US and China.

The company predicted the EV market in Europe is expected to grow to around 2.7 million units by 2030 from 110,000 units this year, the company predicted. The eco-friendly car market in Europe -- electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid -- rose around 40 percent in 2015 from the previous year, according to research firm IHS Automotive.

The global electric car battery market is expected to triple from $11 billion last year to $32 billion by 2020, according to the US banking company Merrill Lynch.

By Shin Ji-hye (shinjh@heraldcorp.com)


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