LG Chem Announced By GM As The 2015 Supplier Of The Year

MAR 14 2016 BY MARK KANE 24

General Motors recognized 110 of its best global suppliers with a 2015 GM Supplier of the Year award during a ceremony held at Cobo Center.

General Motors recognized 110 of its best global suppliers with a 2015 GM Supplier of the Year award during a ceremony held at Cobo Center.

LG Chem – lithium-ion battery supplier for Chevrolet Spark EV, Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac ELR and for the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt EV (more on that later) – was recognized by General Motors as one of the 110 best global suppliers from 17 countries.

Automotive suppliers from 17 countries received GM’s coveted Supplier of the Year award for going above and beyond GM’s requirements, designed to provide customers with the most innovative technologies that benefit customers and the industry’s highest quality vehicles.

GM’s 2015 recognition represents a nearly 40 percent increase in the number of suppliers recognized compared to 79 recipients in 2014. More than half of the suppliers are repeat winners from 2014.

Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain said:

“Our priorities are focused on building positive supplier relationships, bringing new, customer-centric innovations to GM, and being the OEM of choice among suppliers. The companies we recognize tonight not only have brought innovation, they delivered it with the quality our customers deserve.”

LG is the supplier for a lot of other devices for the Bolt EV past just the battery, so the relations must be pretty good:

  • Electric Drive Motor (built from GM design)
  • Power Inverter Module (converts DC power to AC for the drive unit)
  • On Board Charger
  • Electric Climate Control System Compressor
  • Battery Cells and Pack
  • High Power Distribution Module (manages the flow of high voltage to various components)
  • Battery Heater
  • Accessory Power Module (maintains low-voltage power delivery to accessories)
  • Power Line Communication Module (manages communication between vehicle and a DC charging station)
  • Instrument Cluster
  • Infotainment System
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There was also new Innovation award, and one of five suppliers – Delta Electronics, was awarded for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt on-board charger.

During the event, GM debuted an Innovation award to recognize five suppliers who brought new innovations that benefit customers.  Inaugural winners include Autoneum Holding AG; Delphi Automotive; Delta Electronics; Gentex Corporation; and FANUC Corporation.

  • Autoneum – provided new lightweight acoustic material in the 2016 GMC Acadia that reduces mass by 20 percent while improving acoustic performance.
  • Delphi – provided industry-first vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication technology to provide 360-degree object detection, which can see beyond the line of sight and around large obstructions. GM will be the first to market with this technology available on the 2017 Cadillac CTS.
  • Delta Electronics – supplied an on-board charger module in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt that converts AC power into DC power with the purpose of recharging the battery pack of an electric car.
  • FANUC – developed an assembly plant paint robot application designed to prevent unexpected downtime while enhancing overall robot performance.
  • Gentex – introduced industry-first rear camera mirror on the 2016 Cadillac CT6 that eliminates C-pillar obstacles and increases field of vision up to 300 percent.

GM also honored three companies – LGE/LG Chem., Brake Parts Incorporated, and repeat winner Lear – with its Overdrive Award. The honor, first debuted in 2012, recognizes supply partners for extraordinary leadership in cultural change and commitment initiatives that drove exceptional business results for GM.

The Supplier of the Year, Overdrive and Innovation award winners are chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing, and logistics executives.  Winners were selected based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Indirect Purchasing, Customer Care and Aftersales, and Logistics.

General Motors’ 2015 Supplier of the Year award winners include:

4flowHöegh Autoliners
ABC Group Inc.Hollingsworth Distribution Systems, LLC
Active Aero GroupHuf Hülsbeck & Fürst
Advanced CompositesHUMAX AUTOMOTIVE Co., Ltd
Allegis Global SolutionsI.S.TECH Corporation
ALPINE ELECTRONICS, INC.Ideal Contracting LLC/Ideal Setech LLC
AUSTEM Co., Ltd.Katcon Global
AUTOGEN Co., Ltd.KM&I Co., Ltd.
Axalta Coating SystemsLakeside Plastics Limited
BASF CorporationLear Corporation
BHTCLEONI Wiring Systems
Bocar GroupLG Chem, Ltd
BREMBOMacLean-Fogg Component Solutions
Bridgestone CorporationMaersk Line
CEFA S.A.Magna International Inc.
CHASYS CO., LTD.Manhattan Associates
Chunil Engineering Co., Ltd.MRC Manufacturing, Inc. (Moon Roof Corporation)
Cisco Systems, Inc.MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company
Clark-Cutler-McDermott CompanyMubea Global Suspension
COAVISMüller – Die lila Logistik AG
Continental TireNorth American Lighting, Inc.
Creative Techniques, Inc.NS AUTO TECH CO., LTD.
Cunningham Brothers Auto Parts LLCNYX, Inc.
Czarnowski Display ServicesO-OKA CORPORATION
Dakkota Integrated Systems, LLCPanasonic Automotive Systems Company
Dell Inc.POSCO
DGENX CO., LTDPrecision International Automotive Products Inc.
DongAh Tire & Rubber Co.Rich Logistics
Dynamic Manufacturing, Inc.Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec
ECM (Vehicle Delivery Service) LtdSeil Intech Co., Ltd.
ElringKlinger AGSeoul Precision Co., Ltd.
EMS-CHEMIE AGSinjin Plastics Co., Ltd
erae Automotive Systems Co., Ltd.SM NAMSUN ALUMINUM CO., LTD.
ETXE-TARSummit Polymers, Inc.
FANUC CORPORATIONSuperior Industries
FaureciaT.V. Minority Co. Inc.
FedEx CorporationTenneco, Inc.
FLEXITECHthyssenkrupp Springs and Stabilizers
Flex-N-Gate CorporationUS FARATHANE
Gentex CorporationVALIANT TMS Turnkey Manufacturing Solutions GmbH
GESTAMPVuteq Corporation
GNS AutomotiveWooshin Systems Co., Ltd.
GRIMALDI GROUPYAPP America Holding, Inc.
Guangdong Hongtu Technology (holdings) Co., Ltd.Youngsin Metal Industrial Co., Ltd.


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It would really be interesting, to know how much GM design the motor really is. Is it a pure GM design, or a cooperation under GMs lead, or just a LG motor with a GM Logo for bragging rights?
I guess they might have gained some experience by building the Volt and Spark electric motors, but the inverter is a LG design, so there had to be some information exchange, while designing those two components.

There isn’t much new in e-motor designs so it doesn’t matter as much as the choice of motor type and QC.
I’d go with Tesla’s no REE choice with more start up torque.
And shouldn’t it be called the LG Bolt?
I wouldn’t be surprised to see LG in the EV business with their own before long.

Tesla doesn’t use REE material, but their motor isn’t as energy efficient as REE a motor. There are benefits to both designs and it depends on the tradeoffs. If efficiency is your target than REE make sense. If absolute performance is the target induction motors make sense.

There has been lengthy articles about GM’s design for the traction motors. It’s not cookie-cutter engineering.

“And shouldn’t it be called the LG Bolt?”

A car is so much more than just its battery and powertrain, even if it is an EV..

Chassis, body structure, handling, braking all matters significantly.

Of course, if you are clueless car person who only knows about “electronics”, then you would think that is all that matter for an EV…

Just because Foxconn build the Apple iPhone, it doesn’t make it into a Foxconn iPhone.

But apple designs and foxconn builds. In this case LG Chem designs (a lot of components) and GM builds.

“But apple designs and foxconn builds. In this case LG Chem designs (a lot of components) and GM builds.”

Who designs more stuff in the Bolt, GM or LG?

Motor, chassis, drive system, steering, body, interior are all designed by GM.

Just because LG builds some of the electric drivetrain, it doesn’t make it a LG design.

Apple subcontract many of the so called “designs” out too by only provide the specs that suppliers just meet the requirement.

GM has been using electric motors for a long time now. SO, I see no reason to suspect their capability to design an electric motor.

The word “supplier” for LG is rather weak to say the less more appropriate terms would be “chief engineer and essential components producer” to the GM box producer and sales department.

But it’s not their engineering.

” “chief engineer and essential components producer” to the GM box producer”

LOL. So the chassis and rest of the car don’t matter?

No wonder you appreciate the Prius as the rest of car are so terrible.. LOL (Even Toyota admits it and had to make the latest gen Prius better in handling).

Do you own an Foxconn Phone or Apple iPhone?

I bet the Academy Award for Best Picture wouldn’t be so prestigious if they gave it to 110 movies each year.


Should be titled “Suppliers of the Year”.

If anything, that list of suppliers shows you how expansive the auto industry is. So when people make comments like “Just let GM go bankrupt”, you can see how many other companies it would affect. There was a reason Ford also lobbied for a GM bailout. If their suppliers got wiped out, it would have been a huge snowball effect to many other suppliers as well; Tier1 , Tier2, etc.

Though I doubt that LG Chem would give a similar accolade to GM by listing them as their top consumer of the year.

LG Chem is doing an excellent job, perhaps the best in the world in terms of 18650 li-ion batteries.

The LG HG2 for example has become the standard so far 2016 for the best 18650 battery (3000mAh, 20A).

Samsung cells and Panasonic cells do not boast these kinds of specs yet. The other nice thing is the supply chain is doing well – LG has very nice production and is increasing it.

Factory in Poland, factories in Asia.

They’re doing a good job at the moment.

In my opinion GMs Bolt would be better called GM Bolt feat. LG

People keep making comments like this, the reality is cars have and have always had many suppliers. GM has sold ICE cars with Honda engines, but you wouldn’t call that car a Honda. For 99.999% of the buying public they will never know LG built any part of this car. They will take it to their GM dealer for service, repairs, updates. Why not call the Tesla Model S the Tesla Model S feat. Alcoa since that where the aluminum comes from?

Could GM build all the parts (sans battery cell) themselves – sure, but to what end. EV’s are not rocket science and the real barrier is cost (battery) and range (battery). All the EV components are a race to the bottom, so why would you want to be in that business. Tesla is taking a huge risk with the Gigafactory that even they are questioning the need “right now”. Profitability on battery cells are going to be pennies on the dollar and if you’re not producing a large number of cells will be a loss center.

Also I don’t hear anyone saying they just got the new Foxconn iPhone.

“In my opinion GMs Bolt would be better called GM Bolt feat. LG”

By your reasoning, Tesla Model S should be called Tesla Model S feat. Panasonic…

So it’s among the 110 best GM suppliers…? How is this news?

If they deliver batteries at $145/KWH then they really deserve the award. Congrats!

It is getting hard to differentiate between a Ford and a chevy since they use parts from other suppliers.

My friend Brian had his Energi charger die on him, and he was given a substitute VW Passat while they waited2months for the part to come in the container box from China.

Now my 2011 volt charger is on the fritz. I hope I don’t have to wait 2 months..