Volkswagen Selects LG Electronics As Battery Partner Under FAST Initiative

AUG 11 2015 BY MARK KANE 10

Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept

Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept

Volkswagen Group announced the first 44 suppliers nominated under the new FAST “Future Automotive Supply Tracks” initiative, which includes strategic partners for future projects.

“These suppliers were chosen for their outstanding performance in their respective field of competence based on a systematic selection process. Volkswagen Group Procurement is responding to the challenges currently facing the automotive industry by working together with its suppliers under the “Future Automotive Supply Tracks” initiative (or FAST for short) and will implement technical innovations even faster.”

Dr. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, member of the Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft Board of Management responsible for Procurement, said:

“In future, it will not be the corporation with the best negotiating skills that has the advantage, but the one that has also successfully established an optimal supplier network. The nominated FAST suppliers are important beacons in our network and I am looking forward to even closer and more intensive collaboration.”

Among the FAST suppliers we find LG Electronics Inc. in the field of high-voltage batteries. We are not sure whether LG Electronics will help with the battery packs themselves and/or battery cells.

By joining FAST, the South Korean company could also be opening doors for a lithium-ion battery deal (from sister company LG Chem) with Volkswagen, and further replace Panasonic. Panasonic, supplies some current VW batteries, wasn’t listed, at least not yet.

“The first nomination phase will come to an end in spring 2016. Suppliers not yet nominated still have the opportunity to qualify for the FAST program. Volkswagen continually reviews supplier performance for this exclusive partnership and adjusts the circle of FAST suppliers as required. The “FAST Summit”, the first exclusive strategy conference with all partners, will take place in spring 2016.”

Here is the list of 44 FAST partners:

FAST partner Country Field of Competence
DMG MORI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT Germany Turning machines
GROB-WERKE GmbH & Co. KG Germany Machining, motor
Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH Germany Coordinate measuring devices
BP p.l.c. Great Britain Automotive fluids
ExxonMobil Oil Corporation USA Automotive fluids
Avis  Budget Autovermietung GmbH & Co. KG Germany Car rental
Deutsche Lufthansa AG Germany Regular flights
DÜRR Systems GmbH Germany Surface technology
IBM Corporation USA IT-Services
Vodafone Group PLC Great Britain Mobile Communication and M2M Connectivity
Nvidia Corporation USA Infotainment
LG Electronics Inc. South Korea Infotainment
Delphi Automotive LLP USA ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems)
Mobileye Technologies Limited Israel ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems)
Kiekert AG Germany Door latch
MAHLE GmbH Germany HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning)
Continental AG Germany Instrument cluster
OSRAM Licht AG Germany Headlights
Witte Automotive GmbH Germany Exterior door handle
Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG Germany Door module
Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze GmbH Germany Wiring harness
Faurecia S.A. France Seat structures
Faurecia S.A. France Instrument panel
Samvardhana Motherson Peguform Germany Door trim panels
Dr. Schneider Holding GmbH Germany Air vents
Grupo Antolin Spain Headliner
Gruppo Mastrotto S.p.a. Italy Leather
Conceria Pasubio S.P.A. Italy Leather
POSCO South Korea Flat carbon steel
Aleris International, Inc. USA Aluminium flat rolled products
ZF Friedrichshafen AG Germany Damper (conventional)
Continental AG Germany Adaptive cruise control
Gestamp Automoción S.A. Spain Chassis subframe front
Fast-Partner Country Field of Competence
Aisin AW Co. Ltd. Japan Automatic transmissions
LG Electronics Inc. South Korea High-voltage batteries
Valeo S.A. France Alternators
Tenedora Nemak, S.A. de C.V. Mexico Cast aluminium crank cases
Honeywell International, Inc. USA Turbo charger
Magna International Inc. Canada Axle drives
ThyssenKrupp AG Germany Assembled camshafts
CQLT Saargummi Technologies S.a.r.l. China Sealings
Bridgestone Corporation Japan Tyres
Samvardhana Motherson Peguform Germany Bumpers
Bollig & Kemper GmbH & Co. KG Germany Paint and process material
Mubea Carbo Tech GmbH Germany Carbon fibre
Pilkington Deutschland AG Germany Glazing
Corning Inc. USA Glazing
Coavis Co. Ltd. South Korea Fuel pumps

 

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Anon
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Anon

Gull Wing or Falcon Wing doors on that mock up?

Rich
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Rich
NeilBlanchard
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This is a disappointment. Solid state batteries seem to hold promise – but manufacturing in volume is almost always the snag.

jdbob
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No Bosch. Maybe Bosch having to replace close to a million Restraints Control Modules wasn’t good for their reputation.

Stephen Hodges
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Stephen Hodges

I thought that a deadline of July had been given for who VW would work with for batteries… is this it?

Stephen Hodges
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Stephen Hodges

I don’t see QuantumScape listed… I wonder what happened to the promising solid state batteries?

Bone
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Bone

This is a list of suppliers with proven track record of delivering in time and within quality requirements. These companies are important strategic partners for VW.

At the moment QuantumScape can’t be considered as a supplier. It’s more of a R&D project for VW. Whether or not VW proceeds with QuantumScape, it will take years before it hits this list. As far as I know, they don’t have production lines yet. VW won’t stop electrification while waiting. They will need supplier of conventional li-ion batteries for several years.

stupid
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stupid

LG Electronics under “infotainment”.
What about LGChem which actually produces batteries ?

stupid
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stupid

and High Voltage batteries too… (didn’t see it)

It would be intersting to see how LG elec and LG Chem work together

Josh
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Also Nvidia on there for infotainment, probably the same processor Tesla is using to power the display.