SK On, Ford and Koc Holding to form EV battery joint venture in Turkey

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The logo of SK Innovation is seen in front of its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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SEOUL, March 14 (Reuters) - South Korean battery maker SK On said on Monday it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ford Motor Co (F.N) and Koc Holding As (KCHOL.IS) to form a joint venture to produce electric vehicle (EV) battery cells in Turkey.

The plant is targeted to start by 2025 and aims to have an annual production capacity of 30-45 gigawatt hours (GWh), SK On said in its statement.

SK Innovation Co Ltd's (096770.KS) wholly owned battery unit, which counts Ford Motor, Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS), and Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) among its customers, announced last year a plan to invest 10.2 trillion won ($8.22 billion) with Ford to build three battery plants in the United States. read more

The company currently has battery production sites in the United States, Hungary, China, and South Korea.

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Reporting by Heekyong Yang; editing by Uttaresh.V

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