Hankook inaugurates global R&D center


Hankook Tire has opened the ‘Hankook Technodome’, a central R&D centerlocated  in Daejeon, Korea. The company has invested KRW 266.4 billion (US$242 million) in the center with the aim of becoming a global top-tier brand based on technological leadership.

The Technodome will be a core part of the company’s global R&D infrastructure, an optimized research environment which Hankook Tire plans to use to focus on securing original technology to lead its mid-long term R&D plans.

The 96,328㎡ Technodome was designed by Foster + Partners, an architectural firm founded by Sir Norman Foster, and includes a six-storey R&D building and a eight-story residence building, equipped with employee accommodations including a fitness center, medical clinics, cafés and a day care center.

The center is also intended to strengthen Hankook’s technological position in the automotive industry as new technologies, such as electric vehicles and self-driving cars, grow in importance. Thus the Technodome is equipped with various state-of-the-art research and testing facilities, including driving simulation systems and suspension parameter measuring machines.


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