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” itself resembles Korea in Korean (literally meaning Korean tires).
Hankook Tire’s worldwide reputation has largely grown due to its radial tire and bias-ply tire production. The company now supplies tires as original equipment to various automakers. In addition to producing about 92 million tires annually, the company also sells batteries, alloy wheels, and brake pads.
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.