Employing around 10,000 people, with the potential to power 700,000 electric cars on an annual basis – LG Energy Solution (LGES) Wroclaw is home to the biggest battery manufacturing site in Europe.
Earlier in October, CEENERGYNEWS visited LGES’s site in southwestern Poland, gaining a first-hand experience of the heart of the European EV sector and insights into its role in shaping the future global EV automotive industry. And we also spoke with the President of LGES Wrocław Jangha Lee about the importance of up-skilling/re-skilling employees, LGES’s sustainability strategy, the impact of supply-chain disruptions and the opportunities and challenges on the horizon for the emerging battery industry.
Q: What strategic benefits does LG Energy Solution offer to its clients, in comparison to the industry’s competitors?
A: At LG Energy Solution Wroclaw, we produce all battery components – the product is created from a single drop of electrolyte to the cells and packs, personalised for individual customers. We are convinced of the high quality of our products. Time of production and supply are also important. Building such an enormous factory, developing a product concept, testing and implementing technology take a lot of time, but we do not stop in our efforts – we have been focused on implementing innovations for years.
With 30 years of experience in revolutionary battery technology and extensive research and development (R&D), LG Energy Solution is the top battery-related patent holder in the world with over 25,000 patents. As a result, we provide customised specific lithium-ion batteries for different manufacturers. Contractors and customers do not want to wait long for a finished product. Therefore, some kind of flexibility and speed in adapting to changing market expectations is so important. We are able to provide high-quality and timely execution of orders for our customers.
Q: Looking at the challenging geopolitical and economic situation today, what are the challenges facing battery production in Poland and Europe?
A: Currently, the total battery production in Poland constitutes 2 per cent of the annual value of domestic exports which is a huge achievement. According to experts, global demand for EV batteries could increase 14 times within a decade, which would mean 19 times increased battery production – it also sets a huge hurdle for manufacturers.
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