Kumho Asiana Group
|Kumho Asiana Group|
|Revised Romanization||Geumho Asiana Geurup|
|McCune–Reischauer||Kŭmho Asiana Kŭrup|
Kumho Asiana Group is a large South Korean Chaebol (conglomerate), with subsidiaries in the automotive, industry, leisure, logistic, chemical and airline fields. The group is headquartered at the Kumho Asiana Main Tower in Sinmunno 1-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea. As of 2014 the largest shareholder is Park Sam Koo, the third son of the company's founder, who stepped down as CEO in 2010.
After World War II, Park In-chon (Korean:박인천, hanja:朴仁天, July 5, 1901 - June 16, 1984) began a taxi service, based out of Geumnamno in Seo-gu, Gwangju. By the 1950s, operations had expanded to include bus and coach services, operating as Gwangju Passenger Service (today, Kumho Buslines).
The company began vertical integration in 1960 with the establishment of Samyang Tire, today Kumho Tires. Facing a shortage of raw material, Kumho Synthetic Rubber (today Kumho Petrochemical) was established in 1971 . The group expanded considerably as the Korean economy boomed, adding subsidiary companies in construction, shipping and logistics, aviation, leisure, culture and entertainment, financial services, and information technology.
Surviving the 1997 Asian financial crisis in a position of strength, it acquired several companies from cash-strapped competitors in the 2000s, including Daewoo Engineering & Construction and Korea Express. These acquisitions were heavily indebted, leading to cash flow issues as the financial crisis of 2007–08 began to impact the economy. The group was forced to sell off assets and begin a debt workout program in late 2009 after an attempt to sell Daewoo E&C failed on the open market.
- Air Busan
- Asiana AAS Airport Services
- Asiana Abacus
- Asiana Airlines
- Asiana IDT
- Asiana Leisure
- Incheon Airport Energy
- Kumho Art Museum
- Kumho Art Hall
- Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation
- Kumho Electric
- Kumho Engineering and Construction
- Kumho Buslines - Reacquired from KoFC IBK Kaystone PEF in May 2015.<ref>Kim, Jae-Won (26 May 2015). "Kumho Asiana buys Kumho Buslines". Korea Times. Retrieved 22 June 2015.</ref
- Kumho Songnisan Express
- Kumho Asiana Group Homepage (in Korean, English, and Chinese)