Hyundai Engineering & Construction

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Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd.
Industry Engineering, construction
Founded 1947
Headquarters Seoul, South Korea
Area served
Key people
Soo Hyun Jung (President & CEO)
Hyundai Engineering & Construction
Hangul 현대 건설
Hanja 現代建設
Revised Romanization Hyeondae Geonseol
McCune–Reischauer Hyŏndae Kŏnsŏl

Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd. KRX: 000720 (abbreviation: HDEC) is a major construction company in South Korea. The company was founded by Chung Ju-yung in 1947 as the Hyundai Civil Works Company and was a major component of the Hyundai Group. Hyundai Construction and Hyundai Engineering merged in 1999.[1]

Hyundai Construction played a major role in the importation of Korean laborers to the Middle East to work on construction projects in the 1970s and 1980s. In the decade following 1975, Hyundai signed their first contract in the region for construction of a shipyard for the Iranian Navy near Bandar-e Abbas. 800,000 Koreans went to work in Saudi Arabia and another 25,000 went to Iran; Hyundai was their largest employer.[2][3]

Under creditors' management with Korea Exchange Bank as the largest creditor, Hyundai Group was split into several entities from 2001 to 2006.[4] As of March 2007, HDEC is the main shareholder of Hyundai Merchant Marine, which is the de facto holding company of Hyundai Group. Hyundai Group and Hyundai Motor Group (another spin-off from Hyundai Group) are both vying to purchase HDEC.[4]

In 2011, Hyundai Motor Group became the new owner of Hyundai Eng. & Const.,co.,Ltd. This was determined by Korean banks' decision after defeating Hyundai (Merchant marine: the 2nd largest shipping co., in Korea after Hanjin shipping) Group.

Key landmark construction sites[edit]

  • Kyeong-bu(Seoul-Busan) express way
  • North Han river, Soyanggang Dam, multipurpose Dam
  • Seoul Gangnam apartment introduction in Korea during 1970
  • Hyundai Ulsan shipyard
  • Hyundai Motor Ulsan complex
  • Ulsan Industrial complex
  • Posco Giant Pohang and Gwangyang(South-west of Korean peninsula) com
  • Jubail Industrial harbour construction
  • Singapore Suntec tower project
  • Ulsan Grand Bridge
  • Geogeum Grand Bridge
  • Masan Changwon Grand Bridge

Major Hyundai Entities (formerly Hyundai Group)[edit]

Hyundai E&C Group[edit]

  • Hyundai Engineering & Construction (HDEC / Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd )
  • Hyundai Engineering (HEC), HEC or Hyundai Engineering Co. Ltd
  • Hyundai Equipment & Steel Industries
  • Hyundai Design
  • Hyundai Farm
  • Hyundai CNI
  • Hyundai Hillstate
  • Hyundai Education

Notable people[edit]

The former president of South Korea, Lee Myung-bak, was a former CEO of Hyundai Engineering and Construction.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 현대건설, 엔지니어링 합병
  2. ^ Seok, Hyunho (1991). "Korean migrant workers to the Middle East". In Gunatilleke, Godfrey (ed.). Migration to the Arab World: Experience of Returning Migrants. United Nations University Press. pp. 56–103. ISBN 9280807455. 
  3. ^ Steers, Richard M. (1999). Made in Korea: Chung Ju Yung and the Rise of Hyundai. United Kingdom: Routledge. pp. 109–117. ISBN 0-415-92050-7. 
  4. ^ a b [1]

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