The corporate presently provides batteries from its Nanjing, China, manufacturing facility for Mannequin three autos constructed at Tesla’s Shanghai plant.
“We now have began supplying to Tesla in earnest, and that is the start of partnership and we hope to increase the partnership,” he mentioned.
“We’re in talks to increase cooperation with virtually all automakers, and Tesla is considered one of them,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless, Shin added that Tesla will not be one of many corporations LG Chem is discussing joint ventures with at this level.
LG Chem shares, which rallied earlier this 12 months, have misplaced steam on its plan to separate off its battery enterprise and fireplace dangers related to its batteries equipped for Hyundai’s Kona and GM’s Bolt.
Shin defended the plan to separate the battery enterprise as essential to fund large-scale investments in manufacturing facility growth. The unit will first develop into an entirely owned subsidiary tentatively named LG Power Options after which as much as 30 % of the corporate could also be listed in an preliminary providing in a few 12 months.
“To keep up our primary place within the face of rising competitors from Chinese language corporations and others, we have to pour capital into battery manufacturing and analysis,” he mentioned.
LG Chem is on the lookout for a web site to construct a brand new manufacturing facility in Europe, because it plans to greater than double its world automobile battery capability to 260 gigawatt hours by 2023, from 120 gigawatt hours this 12 months.
To deal with the considerations round battery security, Shin mentioned that LG Chem has shaped a activity drive with Hyundai and the South Korean authorities to search out the basis reason behind the battery fires within the Kona EV.
South Korea’s transport ministry mentioned Hyundai will recall the Kona EV due to doable defective manufacturing of its battery cells that would pose a fireplace danger.
Nonetheless, LG Chem denies that defective battery cells have been the reason for the fires and the precise trigger had not been decided.
LG Chem can be taking a look at constructing new petrochemical manufacturing amenities within the U.S. and Southeast Asia to drive progress for its mainstay petrochemicals enterprise, Shin mentioned.
“We see the way forward for LG Chem can be brilliant after the split-off,” he mentioned.