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LG and Magna sign joint venture agreement and announce leadership changes

LG Magna e-Powertrain is expected to enable both companies to react to market trends and capitalize on the growing global shift toward vehicle electrification.

July 28, 2021  by CM Staff

LG Magna e-Powertrain headquarters in Incheon, South Korea

SEOUL and AURORA — On Jul. 28, LG Electronics (LG) and Magna International Inc. (Magna) signed the transaction agreement which establishes a joint venture between the two companies. The new company, to be called LG Magna e-Powertrain, is headquartered in Incheon, South Korea.

Leading the new company will be CEO Cheong Won-suk, a 20-year LG veteran who was most recently vice president and head of the LG Vehicle Component Solutions Company’s Green Business. Prior to LG, Cheong spent nearly a decade with Daewoo Motors R&D.

Javier Perez, who has been with Magna since 2016, will be the new company’s COO. He will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the joint venture. Perez brings experience in automotive manufacturing and quality control experience to LG Magna e-Powertrain, 18 of those years based in Asia.

The creation of the joint venture unifies Magna’s experience in electric powertrain systems and automotive manufacturing with LG’s background in component development for e-motors and inverters. Announcing LG Magna e-Powertrain’s executive team marks a key milestone for the joint venture company, which will manufacture e-motors, inverters and on-board chargers and, for certain automakers, related e-drive systems.

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The design, engineering and manufacturing synergies created by LG Magna e-Powertrain is expected to enable both companies to react to market trends and capitalize on the growing global shift toward vehicle electrification. The new company will develop powertrain components that offer automakers a scalable portfolio, from complete solutions enabling electrification and functionality to integrating intelligent operating software and controls in new e-drive systems.

“Partnering with Magna enables LG to scale up its global production, provide additional business opportunities and offer synergies in procurement and technological innovation,” said CEO Cheong. “The integrated and collaborative approach is expected to deliver quickly for customers and capitalize on the rapid growth of the worldwide electric powertrain market.”

“The market for e-motors, inverters and electric drive systems is expected to have significant growth between now and 2030. Our joint venture company will bring together experts from Magna and LG to deliver a world-class portfolio of electric solutions,” said COO Perez. “Leveraging existing technologies, engineering capabilities and global footprints, LG Magna e-Powertrain seeks to enable advancements that help automakers achieve some of the biggest challenges ahead in electrifying their full vehicle lineups.”

LG Magna e-Powertrain will be made up of more than 1,000 employees in the United States, South Korea and China.