Kumho opened the doors of its brand new R&D centre on September 2, located within commuting distance of the South Korean capital, Seoul.
Constructed over the last five years in Yongin City, the premises are located in a 34,873 square metre plot and comprise a floor area of 22,823 square metres. This is split between research and testing requirements and staffed by some 600 expert researchers from Korea and elsewhere in the world, who will operate the latest supercomputers, physical testing equipment, chemical and instrumental analysis equipment, performance research equipment and much more in the development of new products.
Commenting on the opening of the new R&D facility, Kumho Tire’s CEO Kim Chang-Kyu said: “The surest way of becoming a global tyre company is to secure world class technical prowess. The completion of our expertly-staffed new centre will allow Kumho to expand its factories and increase OE supplies to overseas car makers.”
The centre will also serve as the hub of Kumho’s global R&D network that comprises centers in the U.S., Germany and China. Yongin City is an established mecca of automotive R&D in Korea and is already home to Hyundai Kia Motors, Hyundai Mobis and Renault Samsung, amongst others; all the while also being a major automotive/parts industry cluster.