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Bosch and Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. plan joint venture to develop and manufacture lithium-ion batteries


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Joint venture planned to start in September 2008
· Company to be headquartered in Korea

Stuttgart – Robert Bosch GmbH and the Korean company Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. have decided to set up a joint venture to develop, manufacture, and sell lithium-ion batteries. It is planned that the joint venture, which is to be named “SB LiMotive Co. Ltd.” and to be headquartered in Korea, will start operations in September 2008. The shareholding of Robert Bosch GmbH will be 50 percent and that of Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. 50 percent – both companies will be equally represented on the board of management and on the board of directors. The foundation of the joint venture is still subject to approval by antitrust authorities.

The companies plan to collaborate in the development, manufacture, and worldwide sale of lithium-ion batteries for automotive applications. Lithium-ion batteries are the basis for forward-looking technologies in the automobile, such as hybrid or electrical drives. In connection with its hybrid project unit, Bosch has already built up comprehensive expertise in areas such as power electronics, battery management, electric motors, transmissions, or DC/DC converters. The main focus of Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. is the further development of lithium-ion batteries, which it already produces for a large number of manufacturers of laptops, mobile phones, and power tools. In 2007 Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. has produced 376 million battery cells. Today, Samsung has an internationally leading position in lithium-ion battery cell technology.

Die Bosch-Gruppe ist ein international führendes Technologie- und Dienstleistungsunternehmen. Mit Kraftfahrzeug- und Industrietechnik sowie Gebrauchsgütern und Gebäudetechnik erwirtschafteten rund 271 000 Mitarbeiter im Geschäftsjahr 2007 einen Umsatz von 46,3 Milliarden Euro. Die Bosch-Gruppe umfasst die Robert Bosch GmbH und ihre mehr als 300 Tochter- und Regionalgesellschaften in rund 50 Ländern. Dieser weltweite Entwicklungs-, Fertigungs- und Vertriebsverbund ist die Voraussetzung für weiteres Wachstum. Pro Jahr gibt Bosch mehr als 3 Milliarden Euro für Forschung und Entwicklung aus und meldet über 3 000 Patente weltweit an. Das Unternehmen wurde 1886 als „Werkstätte für Feinmechanik und Elektrotechnik" von Robert Bosch (1861-1942) in Stuttgart gegründet.

Die gesellschaftsrechtliche Struktur der Robert Bosch GmbH sichert die unternehmerische Selbständigkeit der Bosch-Gruppe. Sie ermöglicht dem Unternehmen, langfristig zu planen und in bedeutende Vorleistungen für die Zukunft zu investieren. Die Kapitalanteile der Robert Bosch GmbH liegen zu 92 % bei der gemeinnützigen Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH. Die Stimmrechte sind mehrheitlich bei der Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG; sie übt die unternehmerische Gesellschafterfunktion aus. Die übrigen Anteile liegen bei der Familie Bosch und der Robert Bosch GmbH.

Mehr Informationen unter www.bosch.com.

Samsung SDI is the Worldwide Name of Digital Display & Energy business. Over the past three decades, Samsung SDI has famed for display specific company and now is reborn as a digital mobile company through successful digital display and next generation energy business. Samsung SDI has been developing digital products of frontier level in the basis of world top display technology in the wide range from color Braun tube to leading flat display, PDP so called innovation of display, LCD and OLED the center of mobile display, and Lithium-ion Battery, the heart of infomation-technology devices. Also Samsung SDI is striving with endless efforts to build up the image of global company of trust and respect. It has introduced ’Sustainability Management’ for the fist time in Korea which is being the topic in the 21st century management.

Samsung SDI promises you a company leading the industry with advanced technology development and top quality products, expanding business of transparency for customers and shareholders, and being with you at all time as the true global leader in the digital world of the 21st century.



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