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Biden celebrates deal in electric vehicle battery dispute
LG Energy and SK Innovations have reached a $1.8 billion (€1.5 billion) settlement over stolen corporate secrets. The deal is a boost for US car manufacturers.
Electric vehicle manufacturers breathed a sigh of relief on Sunday as two key South Korean battery producers put aside a dispute that was threatening global supply chains.
The row between LG Energy Solutions and SK Innovation had jeopardized the fulfillment of contracts to carmaking giants such as Volkswagen and Ford.
The deal between the two parties means that car manufacturers can now push ahead with making electric cars.
US President Joe Biden called the agreement a "win for American workers and the American auto industry."
The two companies pledged to work together to boost the supply of batteries for electric vehicles in the US, thus supporting the government's clean energy drive.
Why is the settlement important for the US?
The dispute goes back to 2019, when LG Energy took SKI to court in the US, accusing it of trying to steal employees and company secrets.
The US International Trade Commission ruled in February that SKI had stolen 22 trade secrets from LG Energy. The commission also prohibited imports of SK's lithium ion batteries for 10 years.
The ban would have hampered access to batteries for Ford and Volkswagen, both of which have pledged a rollout of additional electric vehicle models.
It would have also threatened the $2.6 billion (€2.18 billion) factory being built by SKI in Georgia.
Democratic Senator Jon Ossoff of Georgia welcomed the agreement on Sunday, saying