U.S. eyes South Korea's battery tech -Lithium - Ion Battery Equipment

The US is eyeing South Korea's battery technology again -Lithium - Ion Battery Equipment

Recently, "Automotive News" quoted South Korea's "Dong-A Ilbo" as saying that the automotive power lithium battery industry, known as South Korea's "second pillar industry", is worried that the country's companies' technology may leak to the United States.

It is understood that the three major Korean battery manufacturers are required to "share core technical information" when investing in the United States.

In order to seize the market and prevent the loss of customers, the Korean battery industry has been promoting cooperation with vehicle manufacturers to build factories. In this way, OEMs can also obtain a stable battery supply at a cost lower than the average market price. Although on the surface it is a win-win cooperation, there is a risk of technology leakage.(Lithium - Ion Battery Equipment)

It is understood that LG New Energy had previously decided to establish a battery joint venture with General Motors and set up three factories in the United States. During the negotiation process about the joint venture with LG New Energy, GM stated that "in order to confirm the safety of the battery", it will request the battery output test data directly related to the stability.

Industry experts said: "If the test data is traced back, it may expose key knowledge and technologies related to battery design and manufacturing. Even a small amount of information can be of great help to automakers."

"Forbes" pointed out that most auto giants will eventually choose to build their own battery factories, and cooperation with other battery companies is only a transitional method currently adopted. In addition, when Ford of the United States negotiated a battery joint venture plan with SKOn, a battery manufacturer under the SK Group of South Korea, it also requested to share battery density-related technologies.

In this regard, a relevant person from the Korean Ministry of Industry, Resources and Trade said: "As far as I know, Ford and SKOn are still engaged in a tug-of-war over technology 'sharing'." Nikkei Asia pointed out that if the "tug-of-war" around technology sharing continues Going forward, U.S.-South Korea cooperation in battery production may come to a standstill. At the same time, Samsung SDI, which is preparing to build a battery factory in the United States, may also be affected to some extent.

It is worth mentioning that, according to the current South Korean "Industrial Technology Protection Law", if the relevant core technology is leaked, it can be sentenced to more than 3 years in prison and a fine of less than 1.5 billion won (about 779,000 yuan). In addition, at the end of last year, the Korean government decided to identify major technologies with global competitiveness such as semiconductors, batteries, and shipbuilding as national core technologies, and related work is currently underway.



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