Hankook has opened its new US$240m technical center in Daejeon, South Korea, which will serve as the company’s central R&D base. The Technodome features an optimized research environment designed to foster collaboration and improve communication.
Designed by Foster + Partners, the facility covers an area of approximately 96,300m2 and has six floors. On site there is also an eight-story residence building for employees, which features a fitness center, medical clinics, cafés and a day care center.
It is equipped with cutting-edge research and testing facilities including a new suspension parameter measuring machine, virtual test tools, material development equipment and facilities for developing electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle tires.
The environmentally friendly building has received gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the USGBC (US Green Building Council).
Seung Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO of Hankook Tire, said, “The Hankook Technodome is equipped with high-tech facilities and an optimal work environment to strengthen our global competitiveness through innovation, while actively dealing with rapid changes in the business environment and delivering products optimized for various customers’ needs.”