South Korean battery maker Samsung SDI said Tuesday that it has established research and development (R&D) centers in the United States and Germany to enhance its technological competitiveness through regional cooperation, Yonhap News Agency reported Aug. 16.
Samsung SDI officially launched its first U.S. research facility in Boston on Monday (U.S. time), following the opening of an R&D facility in Munich, Germany, on July 1, the company said in a press release.
In addition, Samsung SDI plans to establish another research and development center in China by next year.
The company said the purpose of the overseas research center is “to secure a competitive advantage in super-gap (super-gap) technology by developing new battery technologies specifically for each region.”
Samsung SDI plans to collaborate with universities and startups in those regions on lithium-ion battery technology and next-generation battery research, the report said.
Samsung SDI spent 877.6 billion won ($670 million) on research and development in 2021, according to a regulatory filing released by the company in March.