Bosch und Samsung starten Joint Venture für Auto-Lithium-Ionen-Batterien

16. Juni 2008 | by Jochen Siegle

samsung-logoDie Stuttgarter Robert Bosch GmbH und der Koreanische Elektronikkonzern Samsung haben heute bekanntgegeben, ein gemeinsames Joint Venture zu lancieren um gemeinsam Lithium-Ionen-Batterien für die Automobilindustrie zu „entwicklen, herzustellen und zu vermarkten“, wie es in einer Pressemitteilung heißt.

Das Joint-Venture soll die Firmierung „SB LiMotive Co. Ltd.” tragen; Firmensitz soll Korea sein.

Beide Unternehmen werden zu jeweils 50% an der neuen Firma beteiligt sein. Der Startschuss soll schon im September 2008 fallen.



STUTTGART, Germany, June 16 /PRNewswire/ — Robert Bosch GmbH and the
Korean company Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. have decided to set up a joint venture
to develop, manufacture, and sell lithium-ion batteries. It is planned that
the joint venture, which is to be named “SB LiMotive Co. Ltd.” and to be
headquartered in Korea, will start operations in September 2008. The
shareholding of Robert Bosch GmbH will be 50 percent and that of Samsung
SDI Co. Ltd. 50 percent — both companies will be equally represented on
the board of management and on the board of directors. The foundation of
the joint venture is still subject to approval by antitrust authorities.

The companies plan to collaborate in the development, manufacture, and
worldwide sale of lithium-ion batteries for automotive applications.
Lithium-ion batteries are the basis for forward-looking technologies in the
automobile, such as hybrid or electrical drives. In connection with its
hybrid project unit, Bosch has already built up comprehensive expertise in
areas such as power electronics, battery management, electric motors,
transmissions, and DC/DC converters. The main focus of Samsung SDI Co. Ltd.
is the further development of lithium-ion batteries, which it already
produces for a large number of manufacturers of laptops, mobile phones, and
power tools. In 2007 Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. has produced 376 million battery
cells. Today, Samsung has an internationally leading position in
lithium-ion battery cell technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and
services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer
goods, and building technology, some 271,000 associates generated sales of
46.3 billion euros in fiscal 2007. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch
GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in roughly
50 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network
is the foundation for further growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3
billion euros for research and development, and applies for over 3,000
patents worldwide. The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert
Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical

The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the
entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the
company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front
investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the
share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a
charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert
Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial
ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are
held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

Samsung SDI is the worldwide name of Digital Display & Energy business.
Over the past three decades, Samsung SDI has famed for display specific
company and now is reborn as a digital mobile company through successful
digital display and next generation energy business. Samsung SDI has been
developing digital products of frontier level in the basis of world top
display technology in the wide range from color Braun tube to leading flat
display, PDP so called innovation of display, LCD and OLED the center of
mobile display, and Lithium-ion Battery, the heart of
information-technology devices. Also Samsung SDI is striving with endless
efforts to build up the image of global company of trust and respect. It
has introduced ‘Sustainability Management’ for the first time in Korea
which is being the topic in the 21st Century management. Samsung SDI
promises you a company leading the industry with advanced technology
development and top quality products, expanding business of transparency
for customers and shareholders, and being with you at all times as the true
global leader in the digital world of the 21st Century.

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