BUSINESS

LG Chem breaks ground for second EV battery plant in Nanjing

By Song Su-hyun
  • Published : Oct 23, 2018 - 18:02
  • Updated : Oct 23, 2018 - 18:02
LG Chem broke ground for an electric vehicle battery plant in Nanjing, China, its second EV battery production facility, to aggressively expand into the Chinese market, the company announced Tuesday.

The new three-story factory will be built on a 200,000 square meter plot in the Binjiang Economic Development Zone, with a plan to start operations late next year.

The company will inject a total of 2.1 trillion won ($1.9 billion) into the new facility by 2023 with an aim to secure an annual capacity of producing cells for more than 500,000 high-performance EVs that can drive 320 kilometers on a single charge.

Chinese government officials, including Zhang Jing Hua (third from left), Li Shi Gui (second from left), Xu Shu Hai and Jiang Yue Jian join LG Chem Vice Chairman Park Jin-soo (third from right) to celebrate the groundbreaking of LG Chem’s electric vehicle battery plant in Nanjing on Tuesday. (LG Chem)

The second factory is expected to take advantage of its geographical location, being just 45 kilometers away from the company’s first EV battery plant in the country.

It is also located just 180 kilometers from Wuxi, where LG Chem is producing cathodes with its Chinese partner Huayou Cobalt.

Attended by Chinese government officials, the Korean firm held a groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site.

LG Chem Vice Chairman & CEO Park Jin-soo said, “The company will focus the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities into the new plant to produce EV batteries and respond to the rapidly growing EV market.”

With the Nanjing plant, LG Chem will be producing EV cells at a total of five production sites in China, Korea, Poland and the United States.

By 2020, the company plans to have the capacity to supply enough batteries for over 1.5 million electric vehicles.

According to market researcher SNE Research, the global EV market is forecast to grow from 6.1 million in 2019 to 22 million by 2025, accounting for 21 percent of the total automobile market.

By Song Su-hyun (song@heraldcorp.com)





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