Factbox: The world’s greatest electrical car battery makers


(Information) – Asian corporations dominate the marketplace for electrical car (EV) batteries and they’re increasing their manufacturing capability in Europe, China and america in a combat to win profitable contracts from international automakers.

Some carmakers fear, nevertheless, there received’t be sufficient batteries for all of the EVs they plan to launch within the coming years and a bitter row between South Korea’s SK Innovation and LG Chem dangers exacerbating the potential shortfall.

Beneath are particulars of the world’s main EV battery makers with particulars of their clients and growth plans:


China’s Up to date Amperex Know-how (CATL), the world’s greatest EV battery maker, counts BMW (BMWG.DE), Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE), Daimler (DAIGn.DE) – which makes Mercedes automobiles – Volvo, Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and Honda Motor Co (7267.T) amongst its clients.

The corporate emerged as a significant power partly due to Beijing’s coverage of solely subsidizing autos geared up with Chinese language batteries on the earth’s greatest EV market. Beijing is phasing out EV subsidies subsequent yr.

CATL, which operates factories in China, is constructing its first abroad plant in Germany and is contemplating a U.S. manufacturing facility.


Japan’s Panasonic, a provider of U.S. EV pioneer Tesla (TSLA.O), mentioned it has put in tools to ramp up manufacturing at Tesla’s Nevada plant to 35 GWh from its present manufacturing of round 30 GWh as of late October. Panasonic has mentioned it’s investing about $1.6 billion within the manufacturing facility.

Panasonic additionally produces EV batteries in Japan, China and plans to shift a few of its vegetation to a brand new three way partnership with Toyota. Panasonic’s purchasers additionally embody Honda and Ford Motor Firm (F.N).

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BYD CO LTD (002594.SZ)

China’s BYD, which is backed by U.S. investor Warren Buffett, can also be one of many world’s greatest EV battery makers. It primarily makes use of them in-house for its personal automobiles and buses. BYD mentioned final yr it’s was contemplating cell manufacturing in Europe.

LG CHEM LTD (051910.KS)

The South Korean agency was an early trade mover, successful a contract to provide Common Motor’s (GM.N) Volt in 2008. It additionally provides Ford, Renault (RENA.PA), Hyundai Motor (005380.KS), Tesla, Volkswagen and Volvo.

It’s investing three.three trillion received ($2.eight billion) to construct and increase manufacturing services close to Tesla’s plant in Shanghai. It has a three way partnership (JV) in China with Geely Car Holdings (0175.HK), which makes Volvos, and is in talks with different carmakers about JVs in main markets.

The agency is contemplating constructing a second U.S. manufacturing facility along with its facility in Michigan and is increasing its plant in Poland.


Samsung SDI an affiliate of South Korean tech large Samsung Electronics (005930.KS), has EV battery vegetation in South Korea, China and Hungary, which provide clients corresponding to BMW (BMWG.DE), Volvo and Volkswagen.

Samsung SDI is investing about 1.2 billion euros ($1.three billion) to increase its manufacturing facility in Hungary although the EU is investigating whether or not Budapest’s monetary assist complies with the bloc’s state assist guidelines.

Samsung began manufacturing final yr on the Hungary plant, which is able to produce batteries for 50,000 EVs a yr.


LG Chem’s cross-town rival SK Innovation provides batteries to Volkswagen, Daimler and Kia Motors (000270.KS), in addition to Jaguar Land Rover and Ferrari (RACE.MI).

An oil refiner that got here to the battery trade late, SKI is investing about $three.9 billion to construct three vegetation in america, China and Hungary, with a objective of increasing its annual manufacturing capability to 33 GWh by 2022.

SKI at present operates one battery manufacturing facility in South Korea, with a capability of four.7 GWh yearly.

It arrange a three way partnership with Beijing Automotive Business Company (BAIC) of China in August 2018 and one other Chinese language companion. It’s in talks with Volkswagen about one other battery JV and is constructing a $1.7 billion manufacturing facility within the U.S. state of Georgia, not removed from Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

Reporting by Heekyong Yang and Hyunjoo Jin; Extra reporting by Makiko Yamazaki in Tokyo and Yilei Solar in Beijing; Enhancing by David Clarke