Hyundai Rotem

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Hyundai Rotem Company
Native name
Hyeondae rotem jusikoesa
FormerlyKorea Rolling Stock Corporation (1999–2001)
Rotem (2002–2007)
Hyundai Rotem (2007–present)
KRX: 064350
FoundedJuly 1, 1977; 46 years ago (July 1, 1977)
HeadquartersUiwang, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Area served
Key people
Lee Yong-bae (CEO)
ProductsRailway vehicles
Defense systems
Manufacturing plants
RevenueDecrease 2,459 billion (2019)[1]
Decrease 287 billion (2019)[1]
Decrease 354 billion (2019)[1]
Total assetsIncrease 4,084.2 billion (2019)
Total equityDecrease 824 billion (2019)
Number of employees
ParentHyundai Motors
(Hyundai Motor Group)

Hyundai Rotem (Korean현대로템) is a South Korean company that manufactures rolling stock, defense products and plant equipment. It is a part of the Hyundai Motor Group. Its name was changed from Rotem to Hyundai Rotem in December 2007 to reflect the parent company.[2] It is also called Hyundai Railroad Technology Systems.


The company was founded in 1977. In 1999, the company changed its name to Korea Rolling Stock Corporation (KOROS) as a result of the merging between three major rolling stock divisions: Hanjin Heavy Industries, Daewoo Heavy Industries and Hyundai Precision & Industries. The company subsequently changed its name to Railroad Technology System, or Rotem, on 1 January 2002.[3] It adopted its current name in December 2007 to reflect its current owner.

Hyundai Rotem currently employs 3,800 people and exports to 50 countries worldwide.

Railway products[edit]

Notable projects include supplying most of South Korea's rolling stock, which include Korail's KTX high speed trains, electric multiple units (EMUs), and electric locomotives. Other products in South Korea include supplying all of Seoul Metro, Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit, Busan Metro Lines, and Shinbundang Line's rolling stock. International products include Hong Kong MTR's K-Stock and R-Stock EMUs, commuter EMUs for Taiwan, trains for the New Delhi Metro, and automated trains for the Canada Line in Vancouver, Canada. It delivered 120 Silverliner V commuter trains for SEPTA Regional Rail in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area and 66 Silverliner Vs for Regional Transportation District (RTD)'s A Line.[4]

Trams and light rail vehicles[edit]

Hyundai Rotem tram in Warsaw

High-speed rail[edit]

South Korea's KTX-Eum

Diesel multiple units[edit]

Electric multiple units[edit]

KTM ETS Class 91 EMUs at Ipoh station

Metro cars[edit]

Seoul Subway Line 1 vehicle

Electric locomotives[edit]

Diesel-electric locomotives[edit]

  • Bangladesh – Bangladesh Railway 2900, 3000 series locomotives
  • Korea – Korail class 4400 (GT18B-M), 7000, 7100, 7200, 7300, 7400, 7500 (GT26CW series)

Push-pull coaches[edit]

Metrolink Hyundai Rotem bi-level car

Defense products[edit]

A Republic of Korea K1 Main Battle Tank
K2 Black Panther
  • K1A1 Main Battle Tank
  • K2 Black Panther Main Battle Tank
  • K600 Rhino Combat Engineering Vehicle
  • K1 Armoured Recovery Vehicle
  • Decon Machinery
  • 60-Ton Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET)
  • K1 Tank Gunnery Trainer
  • Depot Maintenance
  • Integrated Logistics System

Plant and Machinery[edit]

  • Mechanical Press, Hydraulic Press, Auto Racking System
  • Electric Arc Furnace – Steel
  • Ladle Furnace
  • Cranes
  • Passenger Boarding Bridges
  • Plant construction


Hyderabad Metro[edit]

Hyderabad Metro Rail announced on September 12, 2012, that it has awarded the rolling stock tender to Hyundai Rotem of South Korea. The tender is for 57 rakes consisting of 171 cars which will delivered phase wise at least 9 months before the commencement of each stage. On 22 May 2014 the first train had arrived at Uppal depot in Hyderabad. On 31 December 2014, Hyderabad Metro created a new technology record by successfully running a train in Automatic Train Operation (ATO) mode for the first time on Indian soil between Nagole and Mettuguda.[8]

Istanbul Marmaray[edit]

Hyundai Rotem announced on November 11, 2008, that it had signed a €580m contract to supply the rolling stock for the Marmaray cross-Bosporus tunnel project in Istanbul. The Korean firm saw off competition from short-listed bidders Alstom, CAF and a consortium of Bombardier, Siemens and Nurol for the 440-vehicle contract which was placed by the Ministry of Transport's General Directorate of Railways, Harbours & Airports.

The 22 m long stainless steel cars will be formed into 10 and five-car EMUs. Some production will be carried out locally by Eurotem, Hyundai Rotem's joint venture with Turkish rolling stock manufacturer TÜVASAŞ. The cars will arrive in three batches, the first 160 cars by 2011, the last by June 2014.

Hyundai Rotem won its first contract in Turkey in 1996, and has now completed seven orders for a total of 804 vehicles worth US$1·6bn. In July it signed a contract to provide 84 DMUs in conjunction with Tüvasas.

'Hyundai Rotem has earned the trust of Turkey by providing high quality products and technology', said Executive Vice-chairman Yeo-Sung Lee. 'We believe this brightens the outlook for future business opportunities in Turkey such as the Istanbul line and the Ankara line.'

Boston MBTA[edit]

Hyundai Rotem was awarded a contract with Boston's MBTA in early 2008 for the construction of 75 cars. The contract entails the delivery of the first 4 cars by October 2010 while the remaining 71 cars were scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2012. However, due to chronic delays, shoddy workmanship, material shortage, and the death of Hyundai Rotem's chief executive, M.H. Lee, in November 2012, only four cars have been delivered by the end of 2012. On December 21, 2012, the MBTA sent a letter to Hyundai Rotem threatening to cancel the contract if a solution is not soon reached, which, would be a breach of the contract terms.[9] Since then, the new cars have continued to experience various mechanical problems resulting in car shortages and delays.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Hyundai Rotem Co". 27 July 2023.
  2. ^ "Hyundai Rotem News: 현대로템㈜ '08년 해외수주 2조원 진입" (in Korean). 2007-12-04. Archived from the original on 2004-08-05. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  3. ^ "HYUNDAI ROTEM". Archived from the original on 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  4. ^ "Philly railcar maker Hyundai Rotem gives up and leaves town". Philadelphia Inquirer. 2018-08-17.
  5. ^ Korean website see Village Pump discussion in the Commons
  6. ^ "韩国现代Rotem获颁裕廊区域线62列列车合约". Zaobao. 6 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Metro - File #: 2023-0496". Retrieved 2023-11-19.
  8. ^ Correspondent, Special. "Metro rail goes on first automatic trial run". The Hindu. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  9. ^ Moskowitz, Eric. "MBTA threatens to cancel $190m deal for rail cars". Boston Globe. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  10. ^ Powers, Martine. "MBTA's new rail cars heading for a retooling". Boston Globe. Retrieved 6 April 2017.

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • Business data for Hyundai Rotem: