Hankook Tire

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Hankook Tire
Type Public
Traded as KRX: 000240
Industry Auto and Truck parts
Founded 1941
Headquarters Seoul, South Korea
Key people Seung Hwa Suh (CEO)
Revenue KRW 7,069 billion (2013)
Net income KRW 7,350 billion (2013)
Employees 21,000 Worldwide
Website www.hankooktire.com
Hankook Tire
Hangul 한국타이어
Revised Romanization Hanguk Taieo
McCune–Reischauer Han'guk T'aiŏ

The Hankook Tire group (/ˈhæŋkʊk/; [haːnɡuk] 한국 "(South) Korea") is a South Korean tire company. Based in Seoul, South Korea, the Hankook Tire group is the 7th largest tire company in the world.[1]

History[edit]

Hankook Tire was established in 1941 as the Chosun Tire Company and was renamed to Hankook Tire Manufacturing in 1968. Both words Choson and Hankook (Hanguk) refer to the names of the ancient and historic kingdoms of Korea.

Hankook Tire's worldwide reputation has largely grown due to its radial tire and bias-ply tire production. The company now supplies tires as original equipment to various automakers. In addition to producing about 92 million tires per annum, the company also sells batteries, alloy wheels, and brake pads.

Hankook Tire Co. has announced that the company will invest $1.1 billion to build a factory in West Java, Indonesia as part of a plan to become the 5th biggest tire manufacturer in the world.[2] On June 9, 2011 a ground breaking ceremony was held at a 60-hectare area as a regional hub production for export to Asian, North America and Middle East countries.[3]

In October 2013, the company announced plans to open a new factory in Tennessee.[4]

Facts and figures[edit]

According to Modern Tire Dealer, Hankook's new tire sales for 2007 were $3.5 billion, a 20.7% year-over-year increase from 2006 ($2.9 billion)

These are quoted from Hankook Tire's global website.

Through sales in more than 180 countries around the world, Hankook Tire is ranked seventh in global sales revenue.

The company has more than 21,000 employees in four regional headquarters, more than 28 overseas subsidiaries and five research and development centers around the world, and makes 70 percent of its revenue through overseas markets.

Global offices[edit]

The company has its headquarters in South Korea, and has manufacturing facilities in South Korea, the People's Republic of China, and Hungary. Manufacturing facilities in Indonesia and the United States are under construction. It has technical centers in Daejon, Korea; Akron, Ohio, USA; Langenhagen, Germany; Osaka, Japan; and China.

Motorsports involvement[edit]

Hankook entered motorsports in Europe, North America, and in Asia. They signed with FBR (Farnbarcher Racing) to race a Ferrari F430 GT with Hankook Tires in the 2009 Le Mans Series season. They supplied tires for the Primetime Race Group that raced in the GT2 class of the American Le Mans Series in 2008. They supplied tires from 2007–2009 for IMSA Prototype Lites, a support series for the American Le Mans Series. Since 2009, the Hankook Team Farnbacher has competed in the GT class of the Le Mans Series. They also supply tires for the Hankook KTR team that races in the Super GT and the Asian Le Mans Series. They supplied tires for the Formula 3 Euroseries.

In rallying, Hankook are the series sponsors of the Scottish Rally Championship.[8] Their tires have been used at the European-based Intercontinental Rally Challenge as well.

Since 2011, Hankook is the official tire supplier for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, one of the world’s most popular touring car series.

Sponsorships[edit]

Hankook sponsors Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund

Hankook sponsors Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.

Hankook is also the major sponsor of the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League.

Hankook sponsors the English rugby union team Northampton Saints.

Hankook sponsors the New Zealand Super Rugby team the Crusaders

Hankook is one of the sponsors of the UEFA Europa League.

Hankook is also involved in drifting sponsorship in a number of countries, most notably in North America in the Formula D championship and in Ireland in the Prodrift championship.

Hankook is the official tire supplier of the reality TV series Car Warriors.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HMH. "2011 top 75 global ranking tire". Rubber Market News. 
  2. ^ Rangga D Fadillah. "Hankook announces US$353 million investment for phase 1". The Jakarta Post. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Hankook Tire to invest $800 million to build first U.S. plant, Automotive News, 14 October 2013
  5. ^ Rangga D Fadillah. "Hankook announces US$353 million investment". The Jakarta Post. 
  6. ^ Rangga D Fadillah. "Hankook announces US$353 million investment". The Jakarta Post. 
  7. ^ "Hankook Tire Selects The State Of Tennessee For Its First U.S. Plant". 
  8. ^ "SRC homepage". Scottish Rally Championship (SRC). 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2010-11-19. 

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