Our History

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

Now ~ 2011

Hankook Becomes a Leading Global Tire 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 tire 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 center 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.

  • 2011
    2011

    Signed DTM sponsorship in Germany

  • 2011
    2011

    Celebrated our 70th anniversary

  • 2011
    2011

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

  • 2012
    2012

    Began supplying OE tires for the new BMW 3 series

  • 2012
    2012

    Became the official sponsor for the UEFA Europa League

  • 2013
    2013

    Signed the MOU to build a new central research center

  • 2013
    2013

    Hankook Indonesia grand opening

  • 2013
    2013

    Extended official DTM partnership ahead of schedule

  • 2013
    2013

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

  • 2013
    2013

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

  • 2014
    2014

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

  • 2014
    2014

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

  • 2015
    2015

    Extend the premium original equipment to SUV Tires on Porsche 'Marcan'

  • 2015
    2015

    Received the prestigious Red Dot: Luminary at the Red Dot Award 'Boostrac concept tire'

  • 2015
    2015

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

  • 2016
    2016

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

  • 2016
    2016

    Signed a sponsorship agreement with Real Madrid C.F

  • 2016
    2016

    Named in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World)

  • 2016
    2016

    Opened the company's new central research and development center, Hankook Technodome

2010 ~ 2001

2000 ~ 1991

1990 ~ 1979

1978 ~ 1961

1960 ~ 1941


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