|Traded as||KRX: 161390|
|Industry||Auto and Truck parts|
|Founded||1941(as The Chosun Tire Company)|
|Founder||Nihon Tire Company|
Cho Hong Jai
|Headquarters||Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, South Korea|
|Cho Hyun Bum (CEO)|
|Revenue||KRW 6,795 billion (2018)|
|KRW 530 billion (2018)|
Number of employees
|Revised Romanization||Hangung taieo aen tekeunolloji|
|McCune-Reischauer||Han'gung t'ai? aen t'ek'?nolloji|
The Hankook Tire & Technology group (; [ha:n?uk] , "(South) Korea", also known simply as Hankook and stylised n?) is a South Korean tire company. Based in Seoul, the Hankook Tire & Technology group is the seventh largest tire company in the world.
Hankook Tire was established by Jae Hun Chung's grandfather in 1941 as the Chosun Tire Company and was renamed to Hankook Tire Manufacturing in 1968. The word "Hankook" literally means Korea, thus Korea Tire Company.
Hankook Tire Co. has announced that the company will invest $1.1 billion to build a factory in West Java, Indonesia as part of a plan to become the 5th largest tire manufacturer in the world. On June 9, 2011 a ground breaking ceremony was held at a 60-hectare area as a regional hub production for export to Asian, North America and Middle East countries.
The company has its headquarters in South Korea and has manufacturing facilities in South Korea, the People's Republic of China, Hungary, Indonesia, and the United States. It has technical centers in Daejon, Korea; Akron, Ohio, USA; Hannover, Germany; Osaka, Japan; and China.
In April 2016, the company announced it would move its North American headquarters from Wayne, New Jersey, to Nashville, Tennessee. This move is reported to create up to 200 jobs in Davidson County and the company would be investing $5 million in the process.
Hankook entered motorsports in Europe, North America, and in Asia. They signed with FBR (Farnbarcher Racing) to race a Ferrari F430 GT with Hankook Tires in the 2009 Le Mans Series season. The company supplied tires for the Primetime Race Group that raced in the GT2 class of the American Le Mans Series in 2008. It 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. It also supplies tires for the Hankook KTR team that races in the Super GT and the Asian Le Mans Series and for the Formula 3 Euroseries.
Since 2011, Hankook is the official tyre partner for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, one of the world's most popular touring car series.
Hankook sponsors the English rugby union team Northampton Saints.
Hankook sponsors the New Zealand Super Rugby team the Crusaders
Hankook is the official tire supplier of the reality TV series Car Warriors.
As of 2017, Hankook is one of the major sponsors of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Since 2019, Hankook is the main sponsor of SVRT, a Gran Turismo Sport SimRacing Team.
Traditionally, Hankook has applied for international product design competitions. The received awards are widely used in the company's marketing activities, for example, at specialized exhibitions, during training seminars for dealers, in printed catalogs and advertising. Hankook received most of the awards from the German-based organizations International Forum Design and Red Dot.
|Hankook Optimo 4S H730||iF Design Award||Winner||2009|
|Hankook Winter icept evo W310||Red Dot Design Award||Honorable mention||2010|
|Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 K117||iF Design Award||Winner||2012|
|Hankook Winter icept evo W310||Good Design Awards (Chicago Athenaeum)||Good Design Awards||2012|
|Hankook Ventus V2 concept2 H457||Korean Good Design Award||Good Design Awards||2013|
|Hankook Ventus V12 evo2 K120||Korean Good Design Award||Good Design Awards||2013|
|Hankook Dynapro HP2 RA33||Korean Good Design Award||Good Design Awards||2013|
|Hankook Ventus V12 evo2 K120||Red Dot Design Award||Winner||2014|
|Hankook Kinergy 4S H740||iF Design Award||Winner||2014|
|Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 K117||Good Design Awards (Japan Institute of Design Promotion)||Good Design Awards||2014|
|Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 H452||iF Design Award||Winner||2015|
|Hankook Ventus V2 concept2 H457||iF Design Award||Winner||2015|
|Hankook Smart Flex AH31||iF Design Award||Winner||2015|
|Hankook Winter icept evo2 W320||Red Dot Design Award||Winner||2015|
|Hankook Winter icept evo2 W320||Korean Good Design Award||Good Design Awards||2015|
|Hankook Winter icept evo2 W320||iF Design Award||Winner||2016|
|Hankook Ventus Prime3 K125||Red Dot Design Award||Winner||2016|
|Hankook Smart Flex AH35||Red Dot Design Award||Winner||2016|
|Hankook Kinergy 4S2 H750||iF Design Award||Winner||2019|
|Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127||Red Dot Design Award||Winner||2019|
|Hankook Winter icept evo3 W330||Red Dot Design Award||Winner||2020|
|Hankook Winter icept evo3 W330||iF Design Award||Winner||2020|
|Hankook Dynapro AT2 RF11||Red Dot Design Award||Winner||2020|
|Hankook Dynapro MT2 RT05||Red Dot Design Award||Winner||2020|
Hankook also earned several awards for its concept tires. The latest ones are the Hexonic smart tire for autonomous car sharing and the futuristic Aeroflow racing tire for motorsport competition. In 2019, both tires won the US-based International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).