World-class materials company with strong R&D capability
LG Chem aims to reinforce the competitiveness of its core technologies, increase investment in the next-generation materials and technologies, and develop new growth engines for the future to maintain its position as a global leader in R&D in the materials industry. We also pursue harmonious long-term growth in the environment, society, and economy by developing environmentally-friendly technology and products.
  • Future Technology Research Center
  • Platform Technology Research Center
  • Analytical Sciences Center
  • Petrochemicals R&D
  • CS(Customer Solution) Center
  • Development Department by business unit
    • PO
    • PVC/Plasticizers
    • ABS
    • Acrylates/SAP
    • High Performance Materials
    • Catalyst
Advanced Materials
  • Development Department by business unit
    • Battery Materials
    • IT Materials(Film, General Meterials)
    • Engineering Materials
    • Separator
    • Semiconductor Materials
Life Sciences
  • Drug Discovery Center
  • CMC Research Center
  • Drug Development Center
  • Clinical&Regulatory Affairs Center
R&D Expenses / Workforce
LG Chem is committed to investing in our future, as evident in our continued expansion of R&D expenses and workforce.
- R&D Expenses
(unit: KRW 100 million)
See table below
R&D Expenses :2016 ,2017 ,2018
2016 7,500
2017 9,000
2018 10,400
- R&D Workforce
(unit: person)
See table below
R&D Workforce :2016 ,2017 ,2018
2016 4,400
2017 4,800
2018 5,300
Intellectual Properties
LG Chem has accumulated a rich reserve of patents and trademarks through strategic management of intellectual property.
Domestic patents and trademarks
Overseas patents and trademarks
(unit: number of registrations)
See table below
Intellectual Properties :2015 ,2016 ,2017
2015 15,423 19,997
2016 16,739 22,250
2017 19,480 27,496
Capacity building
Systematic intellectual property management
We have strengthened the system to establish patent strategies spanning the entire corporation, from R&D activities to business operations.
Step-by-step patent management
From early R&D to commercialization, our dedicated IP experts provide focused support to acquire patents and strategize their applications.
Open innovation
We are fostering various open innovations to prepare for the future and tap into exceptional technologies early.
Global Innovation Contest (GIC)
Global Innovation Contest is a collaborative research platform designed to gather novel ideas from academia and research institutions worldwide. The contest invites proposals from all areas that need innovative solutions, including but not limited to energy, environment, functional materials, bio, and platform technology. Winning teams are eligible to receive up to $150,000 for multi-year research activities and have a chance to collaborate with LG Chem’s R&D teams to realize their proposed solutions.