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Samsung SDI launches construction of its plant for battery production in Hungary

  • ◇ The company decided Hungary as the third foothold, establishing a global triangular production structure along with plants in Ulsan,
        Korea and Xian, China
  • ◇ Aiming to start commercial operation in 2nd half of 2018, the company will invest around 400 billion won to build production lines
        with annual capacity of batteries for 50,000 pure electric vehicles
  • ◇ It is expected to reduce construction period and costs by utilizing existing plant infrastructure for PDPs…its location is ideal for
        prompt response  to demand from European automotive manufacturers, and enhancing logistic competitiveness and accessibility
  • ◇ Executive Vice President Jeong SehWoong said, “In the forthcoming electric vehicle era, we will enhance our capability to respond to
        customers in Europe.”

SEOUL, South Korea-- Samsung SDI (President & CEO: Cho Nam Seong) (KRX:006400) decided Hungary as the foothold for producing batteries in Europe and launched construction of its plant. The new facility in Hungary will enable Samsung SDI to establish a triangular production structure along with existing plants in Ulsan, Korea and Xian, China.

On last 30th, Minster Péter Szijjártó of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Vice President Jeong SehWoong of SDI, Automotive & ESS Business Division made announcement on SDI’s investment plan for battery plant construction in Hungary 

Aiming to start commercial production in 2nd half of 2018, the company will build production lines with annual capacity of batteries for 50,000 pure electric vehicles, investing around 400 billion won.      

The Government of Hungary expressed strong commitment in supporting Samsung SDI’s activities in Hungary in order to ensure smooth implementation of the project.

The new battery plant of Samsung SDI will be built in Goed located in a distance of 25 kilometers to north of Budapest in a site area of about 330,000 square meters by utilizing existing facilities previously used for display production.   

As it can use large portion of existing plant infrastructure, Samsung SDI is expected to generate profit sooner than usual by reducing construction period and costs. 

The company initially built the plant in Hungary in 2001 to manufacture cathode ray tubes (CRTs) and remodeled it for PDP production several years thereafter. 

In addition, the new plant in Hungary will enable the company to significantly reduce logistic costs while immediately responding to  demand from customers since production bases of European automotive manufacturers are concentrated in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Moreover, the company will be able to sharpen its competitive edge in automotive battery industry by establishing integrated production system ranging from battery cells to packs, generating synergy with SDIBS (SDI Battery Systems, Austria), the production base of battery packs it acquired last year.  

“By launching construction for the plant in Hungary, we now can set up the global triangular production structure for electric vehicle batteries. We can especially provide higher quality services to European customers in Europe by generating synergy with SDIBS.” said Executive Vice President Jeong SehWoong & Head of Automotive & ESS Business division.