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Volvo Group and Samsung SDI enter strategic alliance for electromobility

Friday, July 19, 2019

Samsung SDI executive vice president strategic marketing JW Kim and Volvo Group chief purchasing officer Andrea Fuder.

Volvo Group and Samsung SDI have entered into a strategic alliance to develop battery packs for Volvo Group’s electric trucks. Working together with Samsung SDI, Volvo Group aims to accelerate the speed of development and strengthen the long-term capabilities and assets within electromobility, to the benefit of customers in different truck segments and markets.

The alliance will cover joint development of battery packs specifically developed for Volvo Group’s truck applications. Samsung SDI intends to provide battery cells and modules to meet the demand for the Volvo Group’s electric trucks. The intention is that Volvo Group will utilise Samsung SDI’s battery pack technology for assembly in Volvo Group’s manufacturing operations. 

“Volvo Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of commercial vehicles. With electromobility the increasing needs for transport will be done in a cleaner and quieter way, which opens up new possibilities for our customers and society as a whole. The alliance with Samsung SDI is an important next step on our journey towards offering the world’s most truly sustainable transport system with fossil-free alternatives for our commercial vehicles,” says Martin Lundstedt, president and CEO of the Volvo Group.

Samsung SDI CEO Young-Hyun Jun said Samsung SDI was privileged to enter into a strategic alliance with the Volvo Group.

“As we stand at the crosscurrents of the mobility and transportation industry, we are convinced that this alliance will provide superior offerings pertaining to energy, safety and sustainability to the commercial vehicle industry and beyond. We are confident that this alliance will secure the market leadership of the two companies in the long-term.”

Volvo Group chief purchasing officer Andrea Fuder welcomed the expertise Samsung SDI brings into the Volvo Group.

“With this collaboration we are well-positioned to meet the increased market demands. By utilising Samsung SDI’s strong battery technology knowledge, we have strengthened our powerful electromobility technology even further,” she says.

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