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Korean firm wants ‘deal’ with Meralco

MANILA, Philippines – Korea’s LS Group has expressed interest in partnering with the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) in putting up a more efficient power-distribution system here, as well as in providing charging stations for electric-vehicle users.

Trade Undersecretary Cristino L. Panlilio said LS Group officials led by its chairman John Koo, a member of the founding family of the LG Group, recently met with him and other officials of the Department of Trade and Industry to inquire into possible business prospects in the country.

Panlilio said the Korean firm is particularly interested in having a joint project with Meralco in the development of a smart grid in the Philippines.

“This technology is envisioned to lead to, among other things, more efficient demand-side management of power, zero incidence of overloading and tripping, bi-direction of energy flows and provide room for the progressive introduction of renewable energy into the grid,” Panlilio said.

LS Group, he said, is a spin-off of the giant LG conglomerate, and is the 13th- largest business group in Korea today. The group is Korea’s leading supplier of a wide range of products, solutions and services in the field of cable, electric power and automation solution, and energy. Its consolidated revenues in 2011 registered $25 billion, and it currently maintains over 100 subsidiaries, with operations in 52 countries.

Its subsidiary LS Industrial Systems offers integrated technologies and services on electric vehicle (EV) components and charging infrastructure. The company, which supplies EV components to Renault, GM, Ford, Volkswagen and Hyundai, also made a presentation on viable EV charging infrastructure models at the 2nd Electric Vehicle Summit held at the Meralco compound last month.


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