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2002.12.23 LG

EDC Plant in Australia

LG Chem will build EDC manufacturing plant with capacity of 300,000 MT in Gladstone, Australia by 2005 through cooperation with Cheetham Salt Ltd. of Australia and others.

Why Australia
We chose Australia since it has easy access to low-cost electricity and salts, and a large market for caustic soda, its byproducts.  

Production status of PVC & EDC


2002.04.12 LG

Divestiture of Epoxy Business


Based on the company strategy to focus on selective core business areas, and the companys restructuring efforts, the epoxy business was decided to be sold to Bakelite, a German company.

Background of the sale and expected benefit

Epoxy business is recognized as a non-core business for the long-term business strategy, with limitations in gaining competitive edge due to increased competition and excess supply.

On Bakelite
Bakelite is the world
s first developer of Phenol, specializing in thermo setting resin. Recently, Bakelite is making aggressive entry into the Asian region in areas such as EP compound and Epoxy resin.


韓国LG化学 米のRO膜メーカー買収




Mar 17, 2014 Bloomberg

LG Chem to Acquire U.S. Desalination Membrane Innovator NanoH2O

NanoH2O Inc., a manufacturer of reverse-osmosis membranes
逆浸透(RO)膜 that purify seawater to drinking quality while lowering the cost of desalination, is being purchased by Seoul-based LG Chem Ltd. for $200 million.

The Southern California startup, established in 2005 from research that stemmed from the University of California at Los Angeles, makes water potable from fresh, brackish and saltwater sources. The acquisition is expected to close next month, LG Chem said in a filing to the Korea Exchange on March 14.

The purchase takes place amid record drought from California to southeast Asia and rising water-scarcity issues. NanoH2O, whose nanocomposite and polymer technologies improve energy-efficiency and power costs in water production, has been backed by investors including Khosla Ventures, Oak Investment Partners, BASF Venture Capital GmbH, Total Energy Ventures International and the China-focused fund Keytone Ventures.

NanoH2O agreed in 2013 to build a plant on the Yangtze River delta at Liyang, China, that’s due to be completed later this year. With the second-largest economy, China is one of the biggest desalination markets in the world.

LG Chem’s board of directors approved buying NanoH2O to boost its water-treatment filter business, according to the March 14 statement. The Korea Economic Daily and Yonhap News Agency earlier reported the deal.

October 21, 2013  中国に生産工場

NanoH2O Inc., manufacturer of the most efficient and cost-effective reverse osmosis (RO) membranes for seawater desalination, today announced plans to build a manufacturing facility in Liyang 栗陽, China, a city in the Yangtze River Delta 250 kilometers west of Shanghai. The 10,000 square meter facility will be the company’s second fully integrated manufacturing plant, following the first located in Los Angeles, California. The China facility comes at a total investment of $45 million and is expected to be operational by the end of 2014.

November 4, 2013 サウジで海水淡水化 2件受注

NanoH2O, Inc., manufacturer of the most efficient and cost effective reverse osmosis (RO) membranes for seawater desalination, has been selected for two large projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The first project, awarded by Al Fatah Water and Power International, is for phase II of the Jubail desalination plant in which QuantumFlux membranes will produce 13,000 cubic meters of water per day. The second project, a desalination plant to be designed by AES Arabia at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (“KAUST”) Research Park, will produce 15,000 cubic meters of water per day.  Both installations are scheduled for 2014.



「LG-Hitachi Water Solutions」が発足

LG Electronics, Inc.と、日立プラントテクノロジーは、2011年7月の合弁契約締結を受けて設立準備を進めてきた水事業に関する合弁会社LG-Hitachi Water Solutions Co., Ltd.(本社:韓国ソウル市)が2012年2月1日に発足することをお知らせします。

LG-Hitachi Water Solutionsでは、主に韓国における各種工場の排水処理設備や上水・下水処理施設向けの機器の製造・販売をはじめ、システムの設計・調達・建設(EPC)、施設の運転・維持管理(O&M)、および水処理技術の研究開発を行います。また、将来的には、第三国における水事業に参画していくことも検討します。

2014/05/21 Yonhap

Renault inks MOU with LG Chem to jointly develop future EV batteries

Renault S.A., the world's largest manufacturer of electric vehicles (EV), said Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with LG Chem to jointly develop high density batteries that will power its next-generation zero emission cars.

The French automaker, which controls Renault-Nissan Alliance and South Korea's Renault Samsung Motors Co., said the agreement lays the foundation for its next-generation EVs to be powered by lithium ion batteries made by LG Chem, already an established leader in the vehicle power storage sector. The batteries will give cars longer endurance and reduce range concerns that have restricted growth of the global EV market.


Renault currently markets the Twizy, Zoe, Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Van Z.E. electric cars. Counting Nissan's Leaf, the world's fourth-largest automotive alliance had sold 100,000 EV as of July 2013. In South Korea, Renault Samsung sells the SM3 Z.E. that is based on the Fluence.

Thierry Bollore, the carmaker's chief competitive officer who signed the agreement for Renault in Seoul, outlined the company's commitment to making battery packs that can power zero emission cars. The executive confirmed the company's desire to contribute to the growth of South Korea's car industry through Renault Samsung.

LG Chem said the latest tie-up with Renault will speed up demand for EVs and make them more commonplace.


Renault, the world's top producer of electric vehicles (EVs), has agreed with Korea's LG Chem to use LG-developed batteries for its next-generation EVs, LG Chem said Wednesday.

"LG Chem will jointly collaborate with Renault Group for the development of next-generation rechargeable batteries to be used in Renault's new and premium EVs, which will be coming out a few years later," said LG Chem spokesman C.S. Song.

Song said that Renault's upcoming EVs will adopt LG-patented high-density and energy-efficient lithium-ion batteries.

The spokesman declined to unveil additional details such as the guaranteed battery volume LG promised to the French car manufacturer.

Under the agreement, Renault technicians will be coming to LG's battery-manufacturing factory in the local provincial city of Ochang, south of Seoul.

"Two or three more years will be needed to report visible results," the official said.

LG Chem President Kwon Young-soo said the agreement will help the firm stay ahead of its rivals in the heated race for EV batteries.

Kwon said LG Chem will further strengthen its strategic business partnership with Renault.

Renault is one of the most-trusted of LG Chem's battery partners.

While Renault has a battery-making division ― AESC, a joint venture between Nissan and NEC ― the French automaker has been consistent in using LG-developed batteries over the last few years.

オートモーティブエナジーサプライ株式会社 (略称:AESC)
Automotive Energy Supply Corporation

日産自動車 51%、日本電気 42%、NECエナジーデバイス 7%

LG Chem has been supplying its batteries to Renault's three EV models ― Twizy, Zoe and SM3 Z.E.


2012/7/30  monoist.atmarkit.co.jp

ルノーがLG ChemとEV用電池で提携、「ZOE」は日産製電池を採用せず
ルノーとフランス原子力庁は、電気自動車(EV)用次世代電池の量産開発でLG Chemと提携すると発表した。LG Chemは、このEV用次世代電池の工場をフランス国内に建設するとともに、同工場で2015年末からEV用電池の現行品の量産を開始する。ルノーが 2012年末発売予定の小型EV「ZOE」も、LG Chem製の電池を採用することが明らかになった。

 Renault(ルノー)とフランス原子力庁(CEA)は2012年7月27日(欧州時間)、研究を進めていた電気自動車(EV)用次世代電池の量産開発でLG Chemと提携すると発表した。LG Chemは、このEV用次世代電池の工場をフランス国内に建設するとともに、同工場で2015年末からEV用電池の現行品の量産を開始する。EV用次世代電池の量産は2017年前半に始める計画だ。2012年9月に、3者の間で正式契約を結ぶ予定だ。

 LG Chemは、EV用次世代電池の量産化技術開発への貢献が期待されている。ルノーとCEAは、EV用リチウムイオン電池で有力なLG Chemの工場を誘致することにより、フランス国内における経済的価値と雇用、EV技術で世界をリードする地位を獲得できるとしている。


 ルノーと日産自動車のアライアンス(ルノー・日産アライアンス)は2009年11月、日産自動車の子会社であるオートモーティブエナジーサプライ(AESC)の技術をベースにしたEV用電池工場を、2012年半ばまでにルノーのフラン工場に建設する計画を発表していた。しかしルノーは2011年7 月、建設計画の2014年までの延期を表明。さらに2011年9月には、日産自動車がルノーのフラン工場を借り上げて、EV用電池を単独で生産する方針に転換したと報道されていた。

 この頃まで、ルノーが2012年末に出荷を予定している小型EV「ZOE」の電池は、AESCの技術がベースになると考えられていた。しかし 2012年7月上旬には、LG ChemがZOEの電池を供給することが明らかになった。なお、現在ルノーが販売中のEVの電池については、小型商用車「Kangoo Z.E.」とセダン「Fluence Z.E.」向けはAESCが、2人乗りの超小型車「Twizy」向けはLG Chemが供給している。

 今回の発表により、ルノーはLG ChmeとEV用電池の開発と量産で強固な提携を結ぶことになる。これにより、日産自動車が計画していた、ルノーのフラン工場におけるEV用電池の生産がどうなるかが注目される。


中央日報日本語版 5月20日








May 23, 2014   

First ABS plant in South China on stream

South China, which houses a significant share of China’s plastic manufacturing, has never had local ABS production, until now.

CNOOC & LG Chem Petrochemicals Co. Ltd., a 50/50 joint venture between China’s state-owned CNOOC and Seoul-based LG Chem, has commenced production on its 150,000-ton phase one project in the spring of 2014, the company told Plastics News.

The company is “actively preparing for” the second phase, which has been approved by the provincial government and double the plant’s capacity to 300,000 tons upon completion.

The plant is located in the Daya Bay Petrochemical Industrial District in Huizhou, Guangdong province, neighboring CSPS (a JV between CNOOC and Shell) and the Huizhou Refinery and Ethylene project.

It conveniently sources feedstock “across the wall” from its neighbors, the company said in a statement.

Given the oversaturation of China’s standard ABS market, this plant is focused on specialty grades and high-end standard grades, serving processors in South and East China. The company said it is supplying materials to appliances giants as well as makers of consumer products and toys.

The total investment of the plant comes to 2.5 billion yuan ($400.8 million).

The project was initiated in 2008, when the two companies signed a framework agreement.


Sep 12, 2016  

LG Chem to buy LG Life Sciences for nearly $1 billion

South Korean chemicals and battery maker LG Chem on Monday said it plans to acquire pharmaceutical affiliate LG Life Sciences for about 1.1 trillion won ($989.56 million) to make its bio business a new growth engine.

LG Life Sciences investors will receive about 0.26 of a common share in LG Chem for each share they own and about 0.25 of a preferred share in LG Chem, the two companies said in a regulatory filing.


LG Corp. 30.4%
National Pension Service of Korea 13.1%
Allianz Global Investors Korea Ltd. 5.07%

LG Chem said it would complete a merger by Jan. 1.

In January, LG Chem agreed to buy seeds, pesticides and fertilisers maker Dongbu Farm Hannong for 515.2 billion won. 
2016/1/18  LG Chem、農業化学に進出

The company said it would achieve a sales of 5 trillion won from its bio business by 2025.


"LG Group seems to be seeking next-generation growth engines through the merger," said an analyst.

LG Life Sciences was spun off from LG Chem in 2002 but failed to make a major breakthrough in the country's pharmaceutical industry ― its sales amounted to 450.5 billion won last year, less than half of market leader Hanmi Pharmaceutical's 1.32 trillion won.


In August 2002, LG Life Sciences was upgraded from a business division to a full-fledged LG affiliate in order to grow as a life sciences specialist and maximize shareholder value.

LG Life Sciences began research in genetic engineering in 1981 and has invested steadily in the life sciences ever since. This effort has already resulted in world-class technology and product capabilities. The company has focused R&D resources and know-how on three areas-pharmaceuticals, animal health and specialty chemicals.

LG Life Sciences has developed and commercialized an array of pharmaceuticals over the years. These include interferon in 1989 (Intermax-gamma) and 1992 (Intermax-alpha), hepatitis B vaccine in 1992 (EUVAX B™), human growth hormone in 1993 (EUTROPIN™), degenerative arthritis treatment in 2005 (HYRUAN Plus™), rhFSH (recombinant human follicle stimulating hormone) in 2006 (Follitrope™), and SR-hGH (Sustained Release-human Growth Hormone) in 2007 (Declage™). A company milestone was reached in 2003, when its next-generation quinolone antibiotic (FACTIVE®) was approved by the FDA in the United States.

LG Life Sciences has succeeded in animal health products including the 1994 commercialization of recombinant bovine somatotropin (BST, product name BOOSTIN®). The product, which is used to increase milk production in lactating dairy cows, has achieved the top share in numerous national markets. In 2006, LG Life Sciences has also launched a bovine mastitis vaccine (MastaVac) that reduces the number of somatic cells, relieving clinical symptoms in a cow that has been infected with mastitis.

As for specialty chemicals, LG Life Sciences completed in-house development of Korea's first new herbicide (PYANCOR®) for rice in 1997 and fungicide (GUARDIAN®) for use in horticulture in 1999. A new herbicide (FLUXO®) for both pre- and post-emergence rice was completed in 2004.

December 26, 2017 

LG Chem plans $279 million expansion of SAP, acrylic acid capacities

LG Chem will invest a total of 300 billion won ($278.6 million) to expand its petrochemical facilities in Yeosu, South Jeolla Province, the company said Tuesday.

With the investment, the company plans to increase the annual production capacities of crude acrylic acid and super absorbent polymer by 180,000 tons and 100,000 tons, respectively. 

When the expansion is completed by 2019, the chemical giant’s production capacity of CAA will increase to 700,000 tonnes/year and SAP to 500,000 tonnes/year. LG Chem expects its annual sales to grow by US$280 million, it said in a statement.



                         付記 日触は2014年7月31日、中国倍増計画中止を発表→2014年末 56万トン


LG Chem Aims to be Global No. 1 Material Company
Its fourth SAP plant at the Yeosu complex will bring the compnay's annual SAP production capability to 360,000 tons

LG Chem’s fourth super absorbent polymer (SAP) plant in the Yonseong district of the Yeosu National Industrial Complex is under construction. If the new plant launches production in September as planned, it will bring the company’s annual SAP production capacity from the current 280,000 tons to 360,000 tons.

“SAP requires an advanced technology, so it has emerged as a strategic material to make a difference between our company and Chinese competitors,” said Song Hee-yoon, head of LG Chem chemical products plant.

He went on to say that LG Chem sees its production capacity surge five-fold in seven years after the company entereed the SAP business in 2008.

SAP is a polymer material that can absorb pure water up to several hundred times its own weight.

Despite the sagging chemical industry, LG Chem plans to expand investments into new materials for new growth engines.

In a recent meeting with reporters, LG Chem Vice Chairman Park Jin-soo unveiled a blueprint to create inorganic materials, innovative batteries and future materials that have not yet hit the global market, with the goal of raising revenues in those segments to 1 trillion won by 2020.

To this end, he said LG Chem plans to expand R&D outlays from 600 billion won this year to 900 billion won by 2018, and raise the number of researchers from 3,100 to 4,100.

Research manpower specializing in future materials will work at LG Chem’s research center in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do, which is scheduled to open soon, and LG Science Park LG Group plans to construct in the Magok District in Seoul will be utilized to research new materials.

Vice Chairman Park said LG Chem, which started out with nothing at the Yeosu plant 40 years ago, has now evolved into a business with an 1,800-fold production increase, and the Yeosu plant will create a new chapter in LG Chem’s history. He said LG Chem will continue to invest into the materials sector until people recall LG Chem is No. 1 when it comes to materials that make human lives richer.

LG Chem aim to raise sales in the overall materials field, including basic material segments such as Sap and engineering plastic, information electronics like OLED lightings and energy storage systems to 12 trillion won by 2018. The company targets at 2 trillion won in sales in 2015, a two-fold increase form 2014.

LG Chem Petrochemical business unit has eight domestic and 26 overseas plants, including a plant in Gimcheon and a newly established Yeosu SAP plant.

The new 36KT SAP plant in Yeosu will help strengthen SAP business as LG Chem’s core and strategic businesses. Moreover, with continuous investment in SAP business further expansion is scheduled each year.

LG Chem SAP Unit’s Strong Points

The vertically integrated facility guarantees highly sustainable source of supply for customers. Second, through state-of-art R&D and high quality products, the company will continue to develop. Finally, with a customer-oriented mindset, LG Chem says it will support customers’ needs and value creation by solution partner project.

By taking control of raw materials from naphtha and SAP, LG Chem is one of the few chemical companies in the world that is truly and vertically an integrated SAP supplier.

From GS Caltex, naphtha is delivered to LG Chem’s NCC plant where 1,130KT propylene produces as the raw material. Then, this propylene is delivered to the Acrylic Acid (AA) plant, which produces 193KT of Acrylic Acid. And finally, at the Gimcheon and Yeo-su plant, AA is transformed into SAP with an annual capacity of 108KT to 72KT in Kimcheon 36KT here in Yeo-su.

Caustic Soda is also vertically integrated from upstream to SAP plants with the capacity of 225KT.

LG Chem guarantees its customers a stable supply of SAP to a perfect vertical integration.

April 11, 2018

South Korea's LG Chem to set up battery material JVs with China's Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt

South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd said on Wednesday it had agreed to build two joint ventures with China’s Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt 浙江華友鈷業股份有限公司 to lock in supplies of cobalt for lithium-ion batteries.

The plan comes as South Korean companies step up efforts to secure battery metals including cobalt to meet rising demand for electric vehicles.

Huayou Cobalt confirmed the arrangements.

Under the deal, LG Chem said it would raise a total of 239.4 billion won ($224.8 million) by 2020 to set up precursor and cathode joint ventures in China.

The joint ventures are expected to start producing 40,000 tonnes a year of precursors and cathodes from 2020, the South Korean battery maker said in the statement.

LG Chem said it plans to use precursor and cathode materials produced from the joint ventures for its battery plants in China and Poland.



2022.08.16   LG Chem 

LG Chem, ADM Complete Agreement for ‘Eco-friendly Bio Plastic’ Joint Ventures in Illinois, USA

LG Chem and ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) have completed agreement for ‘Eco-friendly Bio Plastic’ Joint Ventures.
LG Chem announced on the 16th at the LG Chem Magok R&D Campus in Gangseo-gu, Seoul that it held the ‘Celebrating the Launch of LA (lactic acid) and PLA (poly lactic acid) 乳酸・ポリ乳酸 Ventures’ with ADM. ADM (Archer Daniels Midland), a global leader in nutrition and sustainable products and solutions, has a global agricultural supply chain and processing technology, and LG Chem has cooperated in developing plant-based bio materials. This agreement is the main contract following the conclusion of the Heads of Agreement (HOA) signed by the two companies in September of last year.
The two companies will establish two joint ventures to respond to the demand for plant-based products and bioplastics. The LA production corporation ‘GreenWise Lactic’ will be in charge of the raw materials to produce 150,000 tons of high-purity corn-based lactic acid annually.
The second joint venture, ‘LG Chem Illinois Biochem,’ will use GreenWise Lactic’s lactic acid to produce 75,000 tons of bioplastics annually. If LG Chem Illinois Biochem makes 500ml eco-friendly water bottles with bioplastics from the factory, it can produce about 2.5 billion bottles. The production facility will be built in Decatur, Illinois, U.S., with the aim of completing it in late 2025 or early 2026. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2023, when the final decision of the boards of both companies are completed.

The first joint venture, GreenWise Lactic, would produce up to 150,000 tons of high-purity corn-based lactic acid annually. ADM would be the majority owner of GreenWise, and would contribute fermentation capacity from its Decatur bioproducts facility to the venture.

The second joint venture, LG Chem Illinois Biochem, would be majority-owned by LG Chem. It would build upon LG Chem’s expertise in bioplastics to build a facility that will use product from GreenWise Lactic to produce approximately 75,000 tons of polylactic acid (PLA) per year.

LG Chem is the first Korean company to build a PLA plant with integrated production capacities ranging from raw materials to the final product. With the establishment of these JVs, LG Chem will not only procure production capacities for highly pure lactic acid needed for commercial-scale PLA production, but will also be able to apply bio-materials in the development of various high value-added bio-materials.
PLA is a representative biodegradable bioplastic made with lactic acid produced by fermenting corn, and is mainly used in food containers, straws, water bottles, tableware, and tea bags that are harmless to the human body. PLA is naturally decomposed within a few months by microorganisms when certain conditions are met. It also emits only a quarter of greenhouse gases during the production process compared to general plastics, and is thus drawing attention as a sustainable eco-friendly material. Global demand for bioplastics is projected to grow from USD 10.7 billion in 2021 to USD 29.7 billion by 2026, representing annual growth of 22.7%.
ADM CEO Juan R. Luciano stated, “Sustainability is one of the enduring global trends that is powering ADM’s strategy and growth.” and added, “We’re pleased to expand our collaboration with LG Chem, and we’re planning to take the next growth step, greatly expanding our ability to meet growing demand for plant-based solutions.”
LG Chem Chief Executive Officer Hak Cheol Shin commented, “The establishment of this joint venture is a sustainable growth strategy that can directly contribute in solving environmental issues such as climate change and waste plastics,” and added, “Based on eco-friendly materials, which is an axis for new growth engines, we will respond to the rapidly changing market and customers, while becoming a market leader.” 


June 28, 2023

LG Chem Starts Mass Production of Single-Crystal High-Nickel Cathodes in Korea

LG Chem starts mass production of single-crystal high-nickel cathodes in Korea.

LG Chem continues its leadership in battery materials with Korea’s first-ever mass production of single-crystal high-nickel cathodes.

LG Chem announced that it has started the mass production of single-crystal high-nickel cathodes for next-generation batteries at its cathode plant located in Cheongju, 120 kilometers southwest of Seoul. The first batches will be sent to global clients starting from July. LG Chem then plans to expand the single-crystal high-nickel cathode production line to its Gumi plant by 2027 and increase total annual production scale to more than 50,000 tons.

Shin Hak-cheol, LG Chem CEO said:
We believe single-crystal high-nickel cathodes are a game-changing innovation in the future battery material market and also the key to solving our customers’ pain points.

“LG Chem will lead the market with advanced battery material technology and diversified product portfolio to become the largest integrated battery materials provider in the world.”

In the initial phases, LG Chem will be mixing single-crystal cathode materials to conventional cathode materials by a ratio of 2:8, and gradually switch to those containing 100% single-crystals. LG Chem will also expand the application of these cathode materials to next-generation batteries such as 4680 cylindrical cells (with external dimensions of 46 millimeters in diameter and 80 millimeters in height) from existing pouch-type batteries.

Single-crystal high-nickel cathodes are made from single particles of several metals such as nickel, cobalt, and manganese, and are expected to play a pivotal role in settling the key challenges of next-generation batteries in terms of lifespan and capacity. It can help boosting the battery lifespan by more than 30% and increasing the capacity by 10% or higher.

LG Chem is the first to mass-produce single-crystal high-nickel cathode materials in Korea. Since 2021, LG Chem has been researching and developing ways to solve the pain point of customers, namely the battery gas.