"Kumho Tires inside the world, world inside Kumho Tires"
Kumho tires has started its business by producing the first tire in 1960
Kumho Tires with a history of 5years is now preparing a new dynamic beginning to become a global company.
An industrial conglomerate chaebol, Kumho Tires manufactures a full range of tires under the Kumho and Marshal brands.
Kumho Tires runs three manufacturing facilities in South Korea: the Pyeongtaek Plant, the Gokseong Plant and the Gwangju Plant which includes the Kumho Research and Development center mentioned below. There are a further three plants in China: the Tianjin Plant, the Gaoxin Plant (in Nanjing) and the Changchun Plant. There is also one plant in Vietnam in the Binh Duong Province.
Kumho Tires exports tires worldwide and has a global network of sales organizations.
It has three centers for research and development, with the largest in Gwangju, South Korea. The other two centers are in Akron, Ohio and Birmingham, West Midlands. These service the US and European tire markets respectively. Other research centers are located in Buchholz (Germany) and Tianjin (China).
Kumho Tyre (UK) Ltd (a subsidiary of Kumho Tires Co., Inc.) was created in 1977. Administrative functions are based in Sutton, Surrey and the marketing department is operated from Birmingham.
in 2011, China Central Television (CCTV) disclosed that, there were serious irregularities in the tire production process of Kumho tires. It reuses a lot of mixing in the production process, is not in accordance with its standard to produce. March 21, 2011 afternoon, the president of Kumho Tire (Kim Jong-ho), and president of Kumho Tire China (Li Hanxie) released the official statement of apology through CCTV, and announced the recall of all the illegal products
1960 to 1980
Sep. 1960 - Samyang Tire Co., Ltd., the predecessor of Kumho Tire, was founded in Yang-dong, Kwangju City.
Jan. 1961 - First tire, an average of 20 produced per day.
Apr. 1963 - Compact passenger car tire (560~13), the first manufactured in Korea.
Jun. 1964 - Tube developed.
Oct. 1965 - Started shipping to East Asia (200 tires to Thailand amounting to $7,700).
Mar. 1966 - DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) Mark acquired.
Jan. 1969 - Snow tire developed.
Jul. 1971 - Operation of Songjung plant begun.
Jun. 1963 - Technological ties settled with UNI Royal of the USA.
Sep. 1974 - Songjung plant fully completed; head office moved.
In 1976, Kumho became the leader in the tire sector and was listed on the Korea Stock Exchange.
Apr. 1976 - Successful test drive of first aircraft tire.
Dec. 1976 - Produced one million tires in the year, a record in Korea.
Jan. 1977 - Groundbreaking of Songjung plant II.
Apr. 1978 - Korea's first TB radial tire developed.
1980 to 1990
Dec. 1980 - Received $100 Million Export Trophy; total output exceeded 20 million tires.
Feb. 1982 - Tire Research Center established.
Oct. 1982 - Color tires (Rainbow 888: red, blue, green) for passenger cars developed.
Jul. 1983 - Total output exceeded 30 million tires.
Aug. 1983 - First export from Korea of tire manufacturing facilities.
Jun. 1984 - Death of Incheon Park, president and founder.
Sep. 1984 - Kumho Corporation merged with Kumho Tire.
Oct. 1984 - Won Productivity grand prize.
Apr. 1985 - Name of Samyang Tire Research Institute changed to Kumho Technical Research Institute (KTRI).
Oct. 1985 - Head office in Songjung moved to Seoul.
Feb. 1986 - Operation of KOPICS started.
Mar. 1987 - Ground broken for Koksung plant in Sobong-ri, Ip-myon, Koksung-gun County; received Presidential Award for the Best
1990 to 2000
Sep. 1990 - Power Racer 60/65 high-performance tire series put on the market.
Dec. 1990 - Total output exceeded 100 million tires.
Mar. 1991 - VR tires, 50 series, acquired the E1 mark, the first in Korea.
Aug. 1991 - Manufacture of golf balls started.
Oct. 1991 - Izen snow tire developed and put on the market.
Dec. 1991 - Contract signed with UGTC of the USA for brand use and technology patents.
Jan. 1992 - Koksung plant selected as a model company for environmental management.
Feb. 1992 - Kumho's commercial aircraft tires passed A.A. test of the USA, the first time for a Korean company.
Jan. 1993 - Participated in Paris to Dakar Rally.
Mar. 1993 - Korea's first ZR-grade tire, 35 series, developed.
Oct. 1993 - High-end tire Xelex put on the market; Free Exchange System started in Korea for the first time.
Nov. 1993 - Awarded $500 Million Export Trophy; total output exceeded 20 million tires.
Mar. 1994 - Auto Power put on the market.
Mar. 1995 - Power Racer-II put on the market; ground broken for Employees' Apartment of Koksung plant.
Apr. 1995 - Ground broken for Nanjing Kumho Tire Co., Ltd., China.
Aug. 1995 - Koksung plant acquired BS7750 Certification.
Oct. 1995 - Izen-II upgraded snow tire put on the market.
Mar. 1996 - Company name changed to Kumho Tire Co., Ltd.
Nov. 1996 - Construction of Nanjing Kumho Tire Co., Ltd., China, completed.
Mar. 1997 - New Xelex put on the market.
Apr. 1997 - Construction of Tientsin Kumho Co., Ltd., China, completed.
Oct. 1997 - Certification acquired as Superior After Service Company, the first in Korea.
Apr. 1998 - New brand Solus put on the market Jun. 1998 Kumho European Technical Center (KETC) established.
Feb. 1999 - Kumho Construction Co., Ltd., and Kumho Tire Co., Ltd., merged into Kumho Industrial Co., Ltd., Tire Business Unit.
1999 - Run flat tire developed, 4th in the world tire industry. Developed Automated Production Unit (APU).
2000 to present
2000 - Developed building machine for Ultra High Performance (UHP) tires. Became official supplier of the International Formula 3 Korea Super Prix.
2001 - Acquired VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V) Certification.
2003 - Ranked 9th in the world tire industry. Established an Automated Production Unit(APU) plant in Pyungtak.
2005 - Kumho Tire USA moves headquarters to larger location in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
2009 - Kumho Tire supplies OE truck tires to Benz (first among Korean tire manufacturers).