Poland: EV Battery Plant LG Chem Builds First Large-Scale Automotive Lithium Battery Production Plant in Europe
LG Chem, Korea’s leading manufacturer of advanced batteries, announced that it would start construction of an Electric Vehicle (EV) battery plant in Wrocław, Poland.
Seoul/South Korea — “We will put all our efforts into making the plant into a main production hub for EV batteries,” said UB Lee, the President of Energy Solution Company, LG Chem. The EV battery plant is the first large-scale automotive lithium battery production plant in Europe. The manufacturer will invest approx. $ 355 million in the plant by the end of 2018.
The company will build the plant inside the LG cluster located in Kobierzyce Commune near Wroclaw in southwestern Poland. The plant has a size of 41,300 m2 and aims to start production in the 2nd half of 2017.
The facility will have the production capacity that can provide more than 100,000 batteries per year for pure high-performance EVs that can run up to 320 km. The company will build a fully integrated production system that produces all battery components from electrodes to cells, modules, and packs for the first time in Europe.
The manufacturer plans to establish a global production system of four internationally located plants, which are the largest in the industry. The production system will be composed of the Ochang plant in South Korea, Holland plant in the United States, Nanjing plant in China, and Wroclaw plant in Poland, securing the production capacity of more than 280,000 batteries for pure high-performance EVs.
The plants in the United States, China, and Poland will supply products to the local market while the Ochang plant in South Korea will supply products to Korean automobile manufacturers and at the same time controlling the overall supply need by global customers.