Research & Development
Samsung SDI is creating a new future through change and innovation.As a world class material and energy solution provider, Samsung SDI secures new technologies and boosts technology competitiveness through steady investment in R&D. In addition, by expanding our business into the cutting-edge materials and parts business, Samsung SDI is now making a leap forward to the company specialized not just in materials field such as IT, Li-ion batteries and electronic materials, but also in the field of energy. We will do our best to secure global technical leadership, focusing on the future energy business together with materials technology.
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Samsung SDI enhances its competitive edge through a continuous investment in R&D. In 2014, the investment cost for R&D was KRW 620,517 million, which is 7.39% to sales.R&D Group
Samsung SDI’s R&D groups are operating within Materials R&D Center, , Small-Sized Li-ion Battery Division, Automotive and ESS Battery Division, Electronic Materials Division. All the groups collaborate with each other to strengthen Samsung SDI’s global leadership in technologyR&D Experts
Samsung SDI has around 2,300 R&D experts, and the percentage of R&D employees with a Masters and/or Ph.D. degree is 39%. In order to strengthen the ability of R&D workforce, Samsung SDI operates a learning group where employees share their experience and knowledge. In addition, to nurture global talents, the company has increased its support for various systems, including academic training at site, in-house technology college, locally-led global talent nurturing center, global operation of educational portal, and dissemination of excellent contents.
BatteryEstablishing Materials R&D Center’s Mid/long-term Strategies
Samsung SDI has established and has been operating mid/long-term strategies in order to secure product leadership. Based on established strategies, Samsung SDI plans to structure the scientific technology-HR management system built on big data to establish a ‘Strong and Lively R&D Center’.
In order to take a lead in the ever-changing technology and market environment, Samsung SDI has been strengthening its R&D partnership. Samsung SDI conducts joint R&D projects with domestic/ international universities and research institutes, to develop forward-looking element technologies and commercialize them. In addition, the company expands its overseas R&D locations to structure a system where, all processes from development to completion can be taken care of locally. At the same time, Samsung SDI concentrates on technologies such as cutting-edge battery materials at the ‘Samsung Material Research Complex’ while collaborating with other affiliated companies located in the complex to generate synergy.
Recently, the core of Li-ion battery market has moved from small-sized Li-ion batteries to medium-to-large Li-ion batteries, including automotive Li-ion batteries and ESS. As it is becoming more important to increase the driving range while charging electric vehicles, and to secure competitiveness in system solutions, Samsung SDI focuses on developing technologies that can overcome limitations of the current materials. As more devices are using Li-ion batteries, and the competition amongst companies intensifies, the company is increasing research and development on upgrading existing materials and new materials with high-capacity to maximize usage time of applications and reduce charging time of Li-ion batteries
In these days, interest on wearable devices is getting higher. Recent innovations of healthcare band, smart watch and glass help us to see the growth potential of flexible battery. In November 2014, Samsung SDI unveiled world’s first flexible battery which is not only bendable but also rollable. Applying our own technology - flexible structure design and material technology -, our flexible battery is so durable that it still works normally after going through tens of thousands of bending test. We now focus on improving the technology maturity in order to apply to various kinds of wearable devices.
Securing Various Technologies Related to Flexible Batteries Recently, the interest in new wearable IT devices is growing steadily. The launching of innovative products, including healthcare wristbands, smartwatches and eyeglasses in various fields forecasts the potential growth of flexible battery business. In November 2014, Samsung SDI introduced not only ‘bendable’, but also ‘rollable’ flexible batteries to the world for the first time. This flexible battery is equipped with Samsung SDI’s own flexible structural design technology and material technology. This flexible battery has undergone numerous bending tests and has proved to be successful. Samsung SDI will focus on perfecting the degree of completion of the product so it can be used for various wearable devices.
Acquiring various flexible battery technologyIn these days, interest on wearable devices is getting higher. Recent innovations of healthcare band, smart watch and glass help us to see the growth potential of flexible battery. In November 2014, Samsung SDI unveiled world’s first flexible battery which is not only bendable but also rollable. Applying our own technology - flexible structure design and material technology -, our flexible battery is so durable that it still works normally after going through tens of thousands of bending test. We now focus on improving the technology maturity in order to apply to various kinds of wearable devices.