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Korea’s LG Energy Solution Seeks Factory Sites Outside China

China’s zero-Covid policy, which has snarled supply chains and hurt production, prompted LGES to seek EV-battery factory sites elsewhere in Asia

South Korea's LG Energy Solution (LGES) said on Monday it will build a $4.4bn battery factory in the US, starting early 2023.
South Korean EV makers and battery companies are rushing to build plants in the US to qualify for US subsidies under the big climate bill signed by Biden two weeks ago. File photo: Reuters.


South Korea’s LG Energy Solution (LGES) is looking for new electric vehicle battery (EV) production sites in Asia – but not in China.

China’s zero-Covid policy, which has snarled supply chains and hurt production in the country, prompted the company to seek EV batteries factory sites elsewhere in Asia, as well as in Europe.

LGES, which counts EV makers Tesla and Lucid as customers, also said it was still reviewing its 1.7 trillion won ($1.29 billion) investment for a battery plant in the US state of Arizona, and planned to reissue a statement about it in three months.

There was no change in customer demand for the plant, LGES said, but the company was reviewing plans due to EV batteries’ market conditions in North America, including extreme inflation and rising construction and logistics costs.

The company added it aims to expand joint ventures with customers for pouch and cylindrical batteries for strategic customers and electric vehicle (EV) startups for the North American market.


Opinions Divided On EV Demand

Shares in the company, which also sells EV batteries to General Motors, Ford and Volkswage, fell as much as 3% on Wednesday after a six-month post-listing lock-up on its shares expired.

Analysts are divided on what EV demand will look like as inflation and interest rates surge. Some analysts said it would take another year for premium EV sales to slow and impact battery sales because supplies were still tight due to pent-up demand.

LGES raised its revenue outlook for the full year to 22 trillion won from its previous forecast of 19.2 trillion won and above the 20.9 trillion won average of analyst estimates compiled by Refinitiv.

For the quarter ended June, LGES said revenue fell 1.2% on year to 5.1 trillion won. Sales to Tesla during the quarter took a knock because of a pause in production at its Shanghai factory due to zero-Covid lockdowns.


  • Reuters, with additional editing by George Russell




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George Russell

George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.


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