Hankook opens first US manufacturing plant

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Premium tire manufacturer Hankook has opened its first US plant in Clarksville, Tennessee. The site, which will produce 5.5 million units annually, is the company’s eighth plant worldwide with bases now located in all major automobile regions, including USA, Europe and Asia.

“The new Tennessee plant signifies Hankook Tire’s growing business in the USA and our continued journey toward being a global leader in the tire industry,” said Seung Hwa Suh, CEO at Hankook.

“The investment in the USA is part of our ongoing commitment to innovation, state-of-the-art technology and service for our customers. This high-tech, sustainable facility will enable Hankook Tire to execute every phase of our business in the USA, from R&D to production and sales.”

The 1,500,000ft² development spans 469 acres and will produce tires for passenger cars, SUVs and light-trucks as Hankook’s key driver in the North American market. This move is another step toward the tire producer’s strategic vision of becoming a global top-tier tire brand.

As part of the company’s global investment strategy, the Clarksville plant will enable efficient production of premium quality tires to meet the demands of the American market while supporting existing OE partners.

October 24, 2017

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