Samsung SDI to Add Lithium-Ion Battery Production Facilities in South Africa and India
Seeking additional production capacity and perhaps the ability to manufacture lithium-ion cells more cheaply, Samsung SDI is tying up with energy management firm Acme to get li-ion production into India and South Africa.
Samsung SDI says that cells manufacturer in India and South Africa will initally be for domestic consumption, though we suspect that if future demand grows elsewhere around the globe, then Samsung will consider exportation.
“Acme will have the exclusive right to use Samsung SDI’s technology and will aim sale of up to 110 MW of lithium ion batteries by FY16 in these two regions.”
Acme Chairman and Managing Director Manoj Kumar Upadhyay stated:
“We are taking major steps to solve the challenges of the energy industry by having a right storage solution from KW to MW class. This will help users to replace their diesel generators, invertors and at the same time help utilities to schedule their renewable energy generation as per the demand.”
Samsung SDI Vice President, Marketing and Sales KH Kim, remarked:
“By this strategic alliance we will make a milestone to expand our business of the energy storage system in these markets and will continue to explore them.”
None of this would be of interest to us were it not for that recent announcement that Tesla Motors is perhaps seeking a future partnership with Samsung SDI. Maybe these moves into in India and South Africa will provide Samsung SDI with enough production capacity to actually consider supplying Tesla in the future.