Windsor Expands Electric Vehicle Supply Chain Footprint
Invest WindsorEssex and City of Windsor Announce Lease with Dongshin Motech
Windsor City Council has approved lease terms, and a Letter of Intent (LOI) was executed today between Mayor Drew Dilkens and Dongshin Motech Ltd. CEO Choon Woo Lim that will create local jobs and support the needs of the recently announced $5 billion LG Energy Solutions (LGES)-Stellantis Electric Vehicle (EV) Battery Production Facility.
Dongshin Motech Ltd. (operating in Canada as DS C&K Inc.), is planning to invest $60 million to locate their 170,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Windsor, Ontario. The manufacturing operations will be located on 12 acres of land at the Windsor Airport and employ approximately 300 people when fully operational. Dongshin Motech Ltd. will manufacture highly specialized aluminum casings for the electric vehicle batteries that will be produced at the LGES-Stellantis EV Battery Production Facility. Aluminum casings provide enclosure for the lithium-ion batteries and guarantee lightness and shock resistance, combined with the high thermal conduction needed for the battery temperature management system.
In April, Mayor Dilkens and Invest WindsorEssex accepted an invitation to visit the European operations of Dongshin Motech Ltd. in Poland and undertook discussions regarding the company’s investment in the region. Today’s announcement confirms the city of Windsor’s position as the premier Canadian destination for electric vehicle component manufacturing. By co-locating in Windsor, alongside the LGES-Stellantis EV Battery Production Facility, Invest WindsorEssex is helping create an electric vehicle and battery supply chain cluster.
The City of Windsor has approved a lease on commercial terms with Dongshin Motech Ltd. and intends to offer further support through the Economic Revitalization Community Improvement Plan program. The City of Windsor, as custodian of the Windsor Airport property, is able to service and market these lands for long-term economic development activities. City Council is focused on creating good local jobs and attracting strategic investments that continue to build Windsor’s automotive and automobility manufacturing base. The proposed site, west of Wheelton Drive, is municipally serviced to the lot line, and local utilities have confirmed that more than adequate electricity supply exists to comfortably accommodate energy demand. It is anticipated that ongoing discussions around incentives will continue with provincial and federal governments to support Dongshin Motech Ltd.
Dongshin Motech Ltd. is a South Korean–based entity, with global manufacturing operations, specializing in automotive components. Founded in 1995, the firm now employs over 600 individuals in South Korea, Poland and India.