- Planning to produce key modules by investing 71.6 billion won on a 83,000㎡ site
- Will employ 600 local employees… Will contribute to quality management by Kia Motors by producing high-quality modules
Hyundai Mobis (www.mobis.co.kr; CEO: Han Kyu-hwan) earlier created a turning point for making further advancements in Eastern Europe by completing the construction of a module factory in Slovakia and commencing the construction of a new module factory in the Czech Republic. Now the company is starting the construction of a module factory in the State of Georgia in the US, thereby giving momentum to taking a bigger share of the market in North America.
Hyundai Mobis announced that it held a ground-breaking ceremony on November 17 (Local US time) at the Mobis site within the Kia Motors plant located near West Point, Georgia, and fully commenced plant construction.
West Point Mayor Billy Head, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) Plant Manager and Managing Director Kang Seong-hun attended the ceremony, as well as 60 or so employees of partner companies, including Managing Director and Manager of Hyundai Mobis Alabama, LLC (MAL) Kim Sun-hwa and Managing Director Kwon Sun-pil of Amco, the construction company. Managing Director and Manager of Mobis Georgia, LLC (MGL) Yu Hui-man gave an introduction to the status of the plant, after which a ceremony in which people prayed for the safety of all construction workers was held. The ceremony was followed by the commencement of drilling, signaling the beginning of the construction.
The MGL module plant is the third module production base of Hyundai Mobis to be built in North America, following MAL and Ohio Mobis Manufacturing Company (OMMC). A total of 71.6 billion won will be invested to construct this plant with a floor space of around 22,000㎡ on a roughly 83,000㎡ site within the KMMG plant. The company has drawn up plans to employ around 600 local employees.
This plant will be used to manufacture an annual 300 thousand units of key module parts, such as the FEM (Front End Module), cockpit module, and chassis module that will be installed in SUVs for North America that will be manufactured at the KMMG plant.
In addition, the plant will establish a collaborative relationship with MAL: It will receive bumpers and instrument panels from MAL and apply them to FEMs and cockpit modules. By so doing, Hyundai Mobis is planning to establish a stable production structure in North America by boosting synergy effects among multiple production plants.
The Vice President and Module Business Director of Hyundai Mobis Seo Yeong-jong made known his ambitions by saying, “We will become a strong partner by providing utmost support to Kia Motors, a company that will make great achievements in North America, which is at the center of the automobile industry. We will adopt proven cutting-edge quality assurance systems at domestic and overseas module production lines to provide only the best quality modules.”
In particular, plans have been established to have this plant adopt the “tunnel conveyor system,” which has been applied to OMMC, which is manufacturing the complete chassis module that is installed on the 2007 Jeep Wrangler of the Chrysler Group. This system is a production method that directly moves completed module products to automobile production lines by connecting the module lines and finished car lines with a conveyor tunnel.
The company is also planning to reduce the time taken for performance inspections on completed modules by acquiring the next-generation ECOS (Electronic Check-Out System) to enhance the quality of cockpit modules that use many electric and electronic devices. It will also go a step further by considerably improving the safety of chassis modules that are relevant to driving by applying the leak test and tightening torque guarantee system.