News Article | August 24, 2016
As part of the rapid growth of its relatively new vehicle components unit, LG Electronics has begun gearing up for the mass production of core parts for GM’s Chevy Bolt electric car — which is expected to begin by the end of the month — according to reports. In preparation for the beginning of mass production, LG has established a number of new production lines at its Incheon research center, in order to meet demand for 11 core components of GM’s upcoming electric vehicle (EV). These components include: inverters, motors, infotainment system components, and more. As some background here, LG opened the “Incheon Campus,” located west of Seoul, back in 2013 in order to support the vehicle component (VC) business that it launched at the same time. Since its inception, the company’s VC business has been invested into substantially and in growing quantities. The company apparently sees the division as its next “cash cow.” The Korea Times continues, noting that despite “some major contracts with global automakers including GM, the division is yet to post a meaningful surplus. The VC division had a 16.8 billion won ($15.23 million) operating loss in the second quarter. But the company remains optimistic about its new growth engine, after sales in the first half of the year skyrocketed 47.9% compared with a year ago to 1.23 trillion.” Continuing: “LG Electronics plans to invest up to 400 billion won in the VC unit this year. Given its growth in recent years, expectations are that the auto parts division will drive the firm’s overall sales in the second half of the year. Last month, the company said in a regulatory filing that LG and GM signed a partnership deal in October 2015 for LG to mass-produce parts for the Bolt for 6 years, starting this month.” Commenting on the relatively long period of time that the division has taken to become profitable, an LG Electronics was quoted as saying: “Automakers are very strict in terms of safety and form a long-term relationship with only a few qualified parts suppliers due to safety concerns. That’s why it takes more time for us to generate tangible results in the business. We are still in the investment phase.” As some further background, LG Electronics currently maintains 3 primary VC manufacturing facilities: the one in Incheon; one in Nanjing, China; and one in Haiphong, Vietnam. Drive an electric car? Complete one of our short surveys for our next electric car report. Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.
News Article | October 20, 2015
In its effort to build the next-generation Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle, which is promised to travel over 200 miles on a single electric charge, General Motors has decided to team up with LG Corp. The Detroit automaker announced on Tuesday, Oct. 20, the South Korean electronics company will provide closely all of the powertrain parts as well as other components for its upcoming 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV during a media briefing at GM's Global Battery Systems Lab in Warren Tech Center campus. GM is entrusting the car's battery systems, infotainment as well as other parts to LG's expertise. This electric car, slated to go into production next year, will be sold across the Unites States and in a few of the company's global markets. "Chevrolet needs to be disruptive in order to maintain our leadership position in electrification," Mark Reuss, GM's executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, says. "By taking the best of our in-house engineering prowess established with the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, and combining the experience of the LG Group, we're able to transform the concept of the industry's first long range, affordable EV into reality." The Bolt, which is intended to rival strong competitors, including the Nissan Leaf, BMW AG's i3 and Tesla Motor's future Model 3, will carry a hefty price of $35,000. LG was reported to fork out over $250 million in an engineering and manufacturing facility in Incheon to form a slew of the car's systems and components. In 2007, the South Korean tech giant also partnered with GM in building the OnStar telematics system. LG Electronics provided the vehicle communications module for OnStar, while LG Chem, another LG company, was picked to be the sole supplier of battery cells for the plug-in hybrid, Chevrolet Volt, which was unveiled in 2010. In the meantime, Reuss claimed earlier this month the Bolt EV will tout a $145 cost for every kilowatt hour of electric vehicle batteries. He added it will eventually fall to around $100 in the succeeding years. Early costs of EV batteries were over $200 for every kilowatt hour, he said.
News Article | February 2, 2016
Samsung is lending Galaxy Note 5 phablets for free to users travelling to South Korea. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is a powerful device that gained positive reviews, and Samsung wants those who visit its home country of South Korea to try out the phablet for free. With this in mind, the company teamed up with the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) and SK Telecom to offer an attractive deal to tourists visiting South Korea. The program is called "Enjoy Mobile Korea," and it comes with attractive perks. Each week, 250 visitors arriving at Incheon International Airport will get a free Samsung Galaxy Note 5 for a 5-day trial. To further sweeten the deal, these trial handsets come with preloaded SIM cards that offer unlimited calls and text, as well as 1 GB of data to fend off those costly international roaming charges. What's in it for Samsung? Well, the company hopes that users who get to enjoy the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 for free for 5 days will fall in love with the device and be convinced to buy one when their trip is over. Whether or not they decide to purchase a Galaxy Note 5 after this free trial, lucky travelers still get to enjoy a great experience. For five days, they get to loan a high-end smartphone with a prepaid card carrying sufficient perks without paying a dime. Trial users will surely boast about their experience, which in turn will translate to awesome publicity for Samsung. Those planning to visit South Korea in the near future could register for the trial and be among the lucky winners of this offer. Head over to Samsung's press release to learn more. Samsung will start distributing the trial Galaxy Note 5 units this month, taking applicants in order. This means that the program relies on a first come, first served scheme, so interested customers might want to hurry. Only 250 units are available for this loan program, and more than 3,000 people arrive at Seoul each week. As a reminder, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 features a 5.7-inch QHD display, an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, 4 GB of RAM, Mali-T760MP8 graphics, a 16-megapiel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery (non-removable). Other highlights include a biometric scanner, a heart rate sensor, and the S Pen stylus. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is one of the best smartphones of 2015, and this offer sounds quite tempting.
News Article | March 23, 2016
Landing at Incheon Airport – South Korea’s international gateway to its vibrant capital city of Seoul and the industrial hub of Incheon – you would not get the impression of an economy spooked by a barrage of nuclear threats from its bellicose neighbor North Korea.
Kahng S.,Incheon |
Lee B.,Incheon |
Park T.,Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology
Journal of Electrical Engineering and Technology | Year: 2013
We propose a compact high-order(9th) UHF bandpass filter comprising the composite right-handed and left-handed(CRLH) zeroth-order resonators(ZORs) in the form of the three cascadedtriplets(CTs) newly applied to the ZOR filter which results in very steep skirt. The method is verified by circuit and EM simulations and measurement with metamaterial properties.