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LG Chem

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

Brief Company Profile

LG Chem was established as Lucky Chemical Industrial Co. in 1947 with a cosmetic product called Lucky Cream in Korea. Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, it is one of the top ten chemical companies in the world today. The company got listed on Korea Stock Exchange in 1969 and operated under the original name over the years before renaming itself as LG Chem, Ltd. in 1995. It is a part of the South Korean multinational conglomerate - LG Corporation. LG Chem employs has over 36,000 employees in total.

LG Chem sites across the world

Business Segments

LG Chem has four business areas -


This is the largest segment at LG Chem in terms of sales. The products of various processes are used in -

  • As basic chemicals, raw material for resins

  • Synthetic resins used in medical appliances, packing materials, cable insulators, solar films, and interior and exterior decoration of the the vehicles

  • Sash, flooring, pipes, artificial leather, cable sheath and cathode materials

  • Rubber, special polymers used in tires, shoes, medical gloves, golf balls etc.

Energy Solution

LG Chem produces lithium-ion batteries used in mobile devices, power tools; advanced automotive batteries including EV (electric vehicle) batteries, car batteries; battery systems for ESS (energy storage systems) for different fields including electric grid, household, commercial and UPS (uninterrupted power supply).

Advanced Materials

Different types of advanced materials produced by LG Chem are used in -

  • Exterior and interior decoration of the cars and engine parts

  • OLED, display materials, high-functional films and semiconductors

  • High capacity cathode material for mobile batteries, EV, ESS markets

Life Sciences

Life Sciences segment accounted for 2% of the total sales in 2019. It produces various primary, specialty drugs and aesthetic products. The drugs produced are targeted at diabetes, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases, hepatitis B and several other fields.

Break-up of sales by segments, 2019

In addition to these segments, Farm Hannong is LG Chem's affiliate company which deals in crop protection products, fertilizers and seeds.

R&D expenditure by segments, in KRW billion

In 2019, LG Chem's R&D expenditure was KRW 1,132 billion as compared to KRW 1,062 billion in 2018, up by 6.6%. So far the company has spent KRW 266 billion in 2020.

Financial Performance

Source: LG Chem, Average exchange rate USD to KRW in 2019: 1165.2882

In terms of USD, LG Chem's revenues in 2019 clocked $ 24.5 billion.

Recent Investment Activities

  • In December 2019, LG Chem entered into a joint venture with General Motors to build 30 Gwh (equivalent to 500,000 EVs) plant in Ohio by 2023. It is estimated that the EV market in the US is growing at 26% to reach 1.32 million cars in 2023. Investment by LG Chem in this JV is KRW 27 trillion or $ 2.3 billion.

  • LG Chem acquired Uniseal, the US auto sealant maker in September 2018.

  • LG Chem invested USD 6 million in a battery technology company Enevate in August 2018.


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