Hankook Tire recently unveiled the plans for a new high-tech central R&D facility in Korea. The architectural firm of Foster+Partners will develop the structure and interior design of the centre.
Hankook Tire and Foster+Partners held an official signing ceremony in Daejeon, Korea, on Jan. 7.
The new R&D centre will be equipped with high-tech facilities designed to place an emphasis on building the future, including a seven-story tire auto-stacking system and smart information system. With this latest state-of-the-art research facility, Hankook Tire aims to provide an environment suited specifically for their researchers, further developing high-quality premium products and extending the sustainable growth of the company far into the future.
“Upon completion of the new R&D facility, Hankook Tire will be able to further strengthen research capabilities to develop cutting-edge tire technologies,” said Hyun Bum Cho, president & Chief Marketing Officer / Chief Corporate Management Officer at Hankook Tire. “The new R&D centre will enable us to accelerate the introduction of new tires with even more advanced features, fulfilling our customers demand for premium quality products. The new research centre will become Hankook Tire’s vital driver towards future growth aimed at becoming one of the top-five tire companies in the world.”
Hankook Tire’s new R&D centre, which will cover a total area of 99,175 square meters, will be located at Daedeok Innopolis, the country’s premier research complex in Daejeon. The construction of the new facility is projected to be complete by the end of 2015.