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South Korean Battery Makers Face a Surprise Challenge in China

South Korea’s two largest battery manufacturers, LG Chem and Samsung SDI, have failed to secure battery certifications for electric vehicles in China, according to reports. The setback leaves both companies potentially ineligible to benefit from Chinese state subsidies worth up to as much as 40 percent of the value of a new electric car. Business Korea reported that the two firms missed out on certification because their battery factories in China had been in operation for less than a year, a prerequisite that was not mentioned in documentation provided by authorities. The two manufacturers, which jointly hold about one-third of the world market for electric-vehicle batteries, have only had manufacturing facilities in China since October 2015. LG Chem has an electric vehicle factory in Nanjing with capacity for 50,000 units a year, while Samsung SDI has one in Xi’an that c...

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