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Our History

From its humble beginnings in 1941 as Korea’s first tyre company, Hankook has grown into the seventh largest tyre company in the world, one that continues to create new possibilities and overcome new challenges.

From its humble beginnings in 1941 as Korea’s first tyre company, Hankook has grown into the seventh largest tyre company in the world, one that continues to create new possibilities and overcome new challenges.

Now ~ 2011

Hankook Becomes a Leading Global Tyre Company

Leading the driving industry through high-tech preeminence.

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As part of the 70th Anniversary of our founding in 2011 we started building production facilities in Chongqing, China, and Bekasi, Indonesia, greatly strengthening our capacity for growth. In addition, Hankook was named the official tyre supplier for Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) in Germany, one of the world’s top three touring car competitions, and began the groundwork for yet another research centre with technologically advanced equipment in 2014.

For the future our aim is to reinforce our global competitiveness by strategically investing in a skilled labour force to expand R&D. Fostering creative and competitive personnel is also a goal at Hankook as we strive to continuously do our part as a member of the global community and grow in tandem with the world.

We are proud of our 70-year-long history and are paving the way for the future with a commitment to create new possibilities and overcome challenges that lie ahead. With our customers and society always in mind, our aim is to contribute to the development of the driving experience worldwide.

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    2011

    Signed DTM sponsorship in Germany

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    2011

    Celebrated our 70th anniversary

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    2011

    Groundbreaking ceremony for plants in Chongqing, China, and in Indonesia

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    2012

    Began supplying OE tyres for the new BMW 3 series

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    2012

    Became the official sponsor for the UEFA Europa League

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    2013

    Signed the MOU to build a new central research centre

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    2013

    Hankook Indonesia grand opening

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    2013

    Extended official DTM partnership ahead of schedule

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    2013

    Chosen as original equipment supplier for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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    2013

    Signed MOU with the state of Tennessee for U.S. plant

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    2014

    Groundbreaking ceremony for new R&D Centre, HANKOOK TECHNODOME in Deajon, Korea

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    2014

    Groundbreaking Ceremony      
    for Hankook's Tennessee Plant
    in Clarksville, U.S.

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    2015

    Extended the premium original equipment supply to SUV Tyres on Porsche 'Macan'

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    2015

    'Boostrac concept tyre' Wins the prestigious Red Dot: Luminary Award

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    2015

    Succeeded High-speed Driving without Air Pressure 'Hankook iFlex'

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    2016

    Selected as original equipment supplier for the all new BMW 7 Series

2010 ~ 2001

2000 ~ 1991

1990 ~ 1979

1978 ~ 1961

1960 ~ 1941


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