December 1, 2003
Hankook Tire
Type Public (traded on the Korea Stock Exchange)
Founded 1941
Headquarters Seoul, South Korea
Key people CEO Seung Hwa Suh
Industry Tire manufacturers
Revenue (turnover) 4,461,209 (Unit: in Millions of Won - 2008)
Net income 23,543 (Unit: in Millions of Won - 2008)
Employees 5,512 (non-consolidated) in Korea, Worldwide 15,735
Hankook Tire
Hangul 한국타이어
Hanja 韓國타이어
Revised Romanization Hanguk Taieo
McCune–Reischauer Han'guk T'aiŏ

The Hankook Tire[1] group, based in Seoul, South Korea is the eighth largest tire company in the world.[2] Established in 1941 as the Chosun Tire Company, it was renamed Hankook Tire Manufacturing in 1968.

Hankook Tire's worldwide reputation has largely grown due to its radial tire and bias-ply tire production. The company now supplies tires as original equipment to the Hyundai Motor Company, Toyota Motor Corporation, Ford Motor Company trucks, General Motors trucks, International Truck and Engine Corporation, and others. In addition to producing about 50 million tires per annum, the company also sells batteries, alloy wheels, and brake pads.

Hankook Tire Co. has announced that the company will invest $1.1 billion to build factory in West Java, Indonesia as part of a plan to become the 5th biggest tire manufacturer in the world.[3] In June 9, 2011 a ground breaking ceremony has been held at 60-hectare area as a regional hub production for export to Asian, North America and Middle East countries.[4]

Facts and figures Edit

According to Modern Tire Dealer, Hankook's new tire sales for 2007 were $3.5 billion, a 20.7 percent Year-over-Year increase from 2006 ($2.9 billion) "Hankook" means "Korea" in Korean.

These are quoted from Hankook's European website.

  • Sales: US$ 1,620 million /(approx. € 1,286 million)
  • Export portion: US$ 700 million /(approx. € 556 million)
  • Earnings before taxes: Won 101,5 million /(approx. € 96 million)
  • Employees worldwide: 4,422 permanent staff
  • Market presence: At present, Hankook tires are available in over 170 countries.
  • Production locations:
    • Geumsan, South Korea
    • Daejeon, South Korea
    • Jiangju, China
    • Jianxing, China
    • Dunaújváros, Hungary (started production in 2007)
    • Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia[5] ($353m plant is under construction)[6]

Through sales in more than 180 countries around the world, Hankook Tire is ranked seventh in global sales revenue.

The company has more than 14,000 employees in four regional headquarters, more than 20 overseas subsidiaries and five research and development centers around the world, and makes 70 percent of its revenue through overseas markets.


  • Optimo Plus
  • Optimo Classic
  • Optimo Gold
  • Optimo Green
  • Opti Super
  • Ventus
  • Mileage Plus
  • Sprinter
  • Sprinter Ace
  • Aurora
  • Nordik
  • Black Bird
  • Hanta Brake Lining & Pad
  • Atlas BX Battery
  • Dynapro MT
  • Ice Bear W300

Global officesEdit

The company has its main office in South Korea, and has manufacturing facilities in South Korea, China, and Hungary.

Motorsports involvementEdit

Hankook entered motorsports in Europe, North America, and in Asia. They signed with FBR (Farnbarcher Racing) to race a Ferrari F430 GT with Hankook Tyres in the 2009 Le Mans Series season. They supplied tyres for the Primetime Race Group that raced in the GT2 class of the American Le Mans Series in 2008. They supplied tires from 2007–2009 for IMSA Prototype Lites, a support series for the American Le Mans Series. Since 2009, the Hankook Team Farnbacher has competed in the GT class of the Le Mans Series. They also supply tyres for the Hankook KTR team that races in the Super GT and the Asian Le Mans Series.

In rallying, Hankook are the series sponsors of the Scottish Rally Championship.[7] Their tires have been used at the European-based Intercontinental Rally Challenge as well.

From 2011, Hankook will be the official tire supplier for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM series).


Hankook is also the major sponsor of the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

See alsoEdit


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