|[January 08, 2013]
Hankook Tire's New Iconic R&D Center: High-Tech Facility Combined with Design Innovation
SEOUL, South Korea --(Business Wire)--
Hankook Tire, the leading and one of the fastest growing tire companies
in the world, has recently unveiled its plan for construction of the
company's new, high-tech central R&D facility in Korea. For this
project, Hankook Tire has contracted a partnership agreement with the
world's high-profile architectural firm, Foster+Partners, for architect
and interior design of the building.
On January 7th, Hankook Tire and Foster+Partners held a
signing ceremony in Daejeon, Korea, in commemoration of the new
partnership for this project.
Hankook Tire's new R&D center is projected to be equipped with the
high-tech, future-oriented facilities, such as a seven-story tire
auto-stacking system and smart information system. Through such a latest
and state-of-the-art research facility, Hankook Tire aims to provide the
best suited research environment for its researchers, therefore securing
the premium product quality and extending sustainable growth of the
company into the future.
Foster+Partners, founded by the prominent British architect Sir Norman
Foster, is a high-profile architectral firm in the field, famous for
its high-tech, future-oriented architectural designs and glass-and-steel
buildings. Based in London, Foster+Partners has undertaken various
important international large-scale projects, such as Millennium Bridge,
London City Hall, Swiss Reinsurance, Great Court at the British Museum,
Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank Headquarters, and New York Hearst Tower.
Mr. Hyun Bum Cho, President & CMO/CCMO (Chief Marketing Officer / Chief
Corporate Management Officer) at Hankook Tire said "Upon completion of
the new R&D facility, Hankook Tire will be able to further strengthen
research capabilities to develop cutting-edge tire technology." He also
added, "The new R&D center will enable us to accelerate the introduction
of new tires with even more advanced features, fulfilling our customers
demand for better, premium quality products. The new research center
will become Hankook Tire's vital growth driver towards becoming the
top-five tire company in the world."
Hankook Tire's new R&D center, covering the total area of 99,175 m2,
will be located at Daedeok Innopolis, the country's premier research
complex in Daejeon. The construction of the new facility is projected to
be completed by the end of 2015.
About Hankook Tire Co., Ltd
Hankook Tire (Vice Chairman & CEO: Seung Hwa Suh) is the leading and one
of the fastest growing tire manufacturers in the world. It produces
innovative, superior quality and high performance radial tires for
passenger cars, 4x4s, SUVs, light trucks, campers, trucks, buses and
motorsports. Aspiring to bring consumers the utmost excellence in
quality and driving satisfaction, Hankook Tire consistently invests in
research and development through its five global R&D centers. Hankook
Tire products are currently available worldwide in over 180 countries.
For more information, please visit Hankook Tire's global web site at www.hankooktire.com.
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