South Korea’s LG Energy Solution announced it had agreed to establish a partnership with Germany’s Siemens to introduce advanced manufacturing processes at its electric vehicle (EV) battery plants worldwide.

According to the memorandum of understanding signed with Siemens Korea, the two companies would work together to turn LG Energy Solution’s battery factories into smart, connected manufacturing facilities using Siemens’ software and automation equipment.

LG Energy Solution said it aimed to install “intelligent manufacturing systems” at its main battery plants worldwide to optimise production and enable quality and process control using advanced information technology such as data analysis and machine learning.

The first factory to be fitted with intelligent manufacturing systems will be the Spring Hill plant in Tennessee, currently being built by LG Energy Solution’s Ultium Cells joint venture with General Motors.

LG Energy Solution said in a statement: “The smart factory system will help us advance our digital innovation in a way that will further enhance our battery manufacturing technologies and production efficiency.”