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LG Group

LG Group

Industry: 
Telecommunications, Electronics, Chemicals
Symbol: 
SEO:066570
Country: 
South Korea
Contact Information: 

ir@lg.com (Investor Relations)

Sources: 

LG has a company website for Iran in Farsi.

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"In the electronics and home appliances sections, sales of LG and Sony flat-screen televisions come with attractive service plans and free home installations. Local brands, such as Pars, go mostly ignored." (The Washington Post, "Iran hopes to resist sanctions by boosting production," 10/27/2012) 

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"After being hit by European and U.S. sanctions, Iran's oil sales are stabilizing as the country entices buyers with attractive prices and a form of barter. But proposed new U.S. restrictions could further bite into its crude exports later this year . . . A form of barter set up by Iran provides an incentive to keep—or in the case of Seoul, to resume—its crude purchases. Faced with banking sanctions that impede its ability to receive crude proceeds and settle its bills for imported goods, the Islamic Republic increasingly gets paid into accounts based in the Asian countries where it sells the oil and in their local currency. Iranian traders then draw on the reserves to purchase goods exported to Iran. South Korean products are ubiquitous in Tehran—from smartphones made by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to LG Electronics Inc. televisions and even costume dramas on local televisions; Iranian imports from the country amounted to $6 billion last year." (Wall Street Journal, "Iran Barters and Bargains to Help Oil Sales," 8/7/12)

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LG maintains a partnership with Fariran, an iranian security comapny. According to its website, Fariran has over fifty retailers in Iran, “and was founded with the purpose of importing, distributing and installing LG CCTV security systems in Iran.”  (Fariran Website, “About Us,” Accessed 8/6/2012) 

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LG surveillance equipment, including the LT903N(P) Speed Dome Camera, is clearly advertised for sale on the website of IRANCCTV. (IRANCCTV Website, “PTZ Speed Dome Camera,” Accessed: 8/6/2012) IRANCCTV is a regime entity that operates under the auspices of Iran’s Ministry of Culture, which has been described in the Iranian media as “a censorship agency” and “all-out mechanism of control and repression” that violently interrogates journalists and activists in Iran. (Reporters Without Borders, “While pointing finger at Bahrain, Iran uses culture ministry to interrogate journalists,” 5/24/2012)

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"Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics accounted for a combined 30 percent of Iran's mobile phone market, Korean major newspaper Dong-a Ilbo reported in January." (Reuters, "South Korea may limit exports to Iran on payment concerns: sources," 5/17/2012)

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"The lawmakers underlined a finding by the Congressional Research Service that 20 non-US firms may be in violation of the Iran Sanctions Act. They include Totalfina Elf of France; Italy's ENI; Bow Valley of Canada; the Netherlands' Royal Dutch Shell; Norsk Hydro of Norway; Russia's Lukoil; GVA Consultants of Sweden; Sheer Energy of Canada; LG of South Korea; Norway's Statoil; and Inpex of Japan." (AFP, “US lawmakers urge Obama to use Iran sanctions powers,” 10/21/09)

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"LG Electronics Inc. said Tuesday it has started producing handsets in Iran with a local partner. Production started this month, and the facility can make 1 million phones a year, LG spokeswoman Judy Pae said. Pae said she could not identify the Iranian partner or provide other details of the production arrangement or even the facility's location in Iran. Maadiran Group, which describes itself as Iran's leading technology and office automation company, said on its Web site in a Feb. 17 press release that it began producing five models of handsets under license from LG Electronics, the world's fifth-largest manufacturer of mobile phones . . . Pae said LG wants to be more competitive in the Middle East market, and the company plans to export the handsets to other countries in the region. In addition, by manufacturing in Iran, LG can avoid Iran's steep tax on imported handsets." (NBC News, "LG begins making mobile phones in Iran," 3/13/07)

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"GIANTS WITH A FOOT IN TEHRAN: Total, Shell, Statoil, BNP Paribas, Commerzbank, MTN, UPS, Linde, Technip, Nokia, Ericsson, Peugeot, Renault, OMV, Societe Generale, ENI, Mitsubishi, Sumitomo, Siemens, LG, Samsung, Bosch, Valeo, Nestle, Unilever, BAT, Japan Tobacco." (The London Times, "American pressure threatens UK firms," 5/27/06)

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"According to "Tehran Times", Iranian authorized dealers of the audio-visual, air conditioning systems and cellular phones affiliated to the Goldiran Co. got together in the Islamic Republic of Iran's Broadcasting (IRIB) Hall of Conferences in Tehran. The party was thrown in honor of S.S. Kim, chief executive officer and Vice President of the LG Electronics. Kim who is also the chief executive officer of Korean LG Electronics Company and among the 20 top economic managers in the world has received many awards in different managerial fields." (InfoProd, “Iran: Senior Managers of LG Electronics Hold Meeting in Tehran,” 11/18/04)

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"Iran signed a $1.6 billion contract with South Korea's LG Construction Co. Ltd. to further develop its huge South Pars offshore gas field in the Gulf. With the signing on Sunday, LG took a 42 percent stake in the project. The remaining 58 percent is held by the state-owned energy firms connected to the National Iranian Oil Company." (Associated Press, “Iran, LG of South Korea sign $1.6 billion gas deal,” 9/16/02)