As LG Energy Solution and Stellantis build out a supply chain for a massive new battery-cell plant in Windsor, Ont., auto parts makers will not be left on the outside looking in.
Cathode material, copper foil and some other components will be outside the expertise of most auto suppliers, said Denise Gray, LG Energy’s head of external affairs and government relations for North America. But the skill sets of traditional auto players are perfectly suited to a range of vital inputs at the $5.2-billion plant.
From metal tabs on the individual battery cell pouches to the aluminum, plastic and electronic parts needed to package cells into modules, the LG-Stellantis joint venture will be working to source components locally, Gray said.
“Those are absolutely traditional automotive suppliers that can be a part of this industry,” she said.