Though it has signed a large number of deals with a variety of suppliers across the globe, SK On remains one of Ford’s most important partners as one half of its BlueOvalSK joint venture. At the same time, SK is also partnering with its own array of raw materials suppliers as it aims to significantly ramp up production in the budding EV market. Recently, the South Korean Ford EV battery supplier was recognized with a 2023 Edison Award for the EV Battery Enhancement in the Smart Transportation category, and now, it has also been awarded TÜV Rheinland’s Cybersecurity Management System (CSMS) certification for its battery management system.
The Ford EV battery supplier is the first Korean battery manufacturer to obtain this renowned distinction, which is is awarded to companies that have sufficient solutions for monitoring potential cyberattacks, as well as detecting and responding appropriately to cybersecurity threats to automotive software and components. The CSMS certification is issued following a thorough audit on a company’s organizational processes and production management system.
SK On originally requested that it be tested for CSMS certification by TÜV Rheinland a year ago, which is one of the leading service providers in this particular field, with more than 150 years of history behind it. This accomplishment figures to only accelerate the company’s global EV battery expansion since a CSMS certification in compliance with the UNR155 regulation (a mandatory regulation on automotive cybersecurity issued by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) is required for automotive manufacturers to sell vehicles in select major global markets, including Europe and the United States.
“SK On once again proved its BMS development capabilities and qualities through the latest certification,” said Lee Ji-seok, SK On Vice President, System Development. “We now have another powerful weapon to secure orders and expand globally.”