Hyundai MOBIS breaks the world record for core module productions!
Hyundai MOBIS 2008/09/11프린트
Hyundai MOBIS 2008/09/11프린트
- In just 10 years, Hyundai Mobis breaks the 30 million unit mark in the cumulative number of chassis and cockpit modules produced since 1999
- Makes its footprint as a globally competitive module producer and #8212;a remarkable achievement for a Korean company in the highly competitive global environment.
The Beijing Olympic Games may be over, but another “world record” has been broken. Hyundai Mobis, the leading auto parts producer in Korea, has risen to become the world’s top producer of chassis modules and cockpit modules. The parts producer has cumulatively produced the largest number of those modules, which are considered the core modules in vehicles.
On the 3rd, Hyundai Mobis (www.mobis.co.kr Suk-Soo Chung, CEO of MOBIS) declared that the cumulative number of chassis modules and cockpit modules produced by Hyundai Mobis at its plants at home and abroad broke the 30 million mark.
Modularization, which began spreading throughout the world since the late 1990’s, is considered a revolutionary production method that ushered in a new paradigm in the automobile industry. Modularization is a production method that is being pursued by globally competitive auto parts manufacturers, such as Delphi (US), Magna (Canada), Faurecia (France), ZF (Germany), Dana (US), and so on.
Amidst such global players, Hyundai Mobis was the first to break the world’s top production volume mark in core modules. Because chassis modules and cockpit modules are the most key parts in vehicles, the record-breaking production carries even more significance. Therefore, the businesses in the industry consider it a watershed achievement that marks a defining moment in the Korean automobile industry.
Hyundai currently produces the core modules in 13 plants, including seven in Korea and six overseas. On August 1, 1999, Hyundai Mobis began producing its first chassis modules at its plant in Ulsan for the Trajet model. Since then, Hyundai Mobis has been steadily expanding its module production capacities in Korea and abroad. This year, the company attained the remarkable cumulative total production of 30 million in chassis modules and cockpit modules.
According to Hyundai Mobis, between August 1, 1999 and September 3, 2008, the cumulative number of chassis modules and cockpit modules produced by the company were 17,145,901 units and 12,854,099 units, respectively.
If those chassis modules and cockpit modules were stretched out in a single file, they would be 25 times the length of The Great Wall (2,700 km) and cover more than one and a half times the circumference of the earth (40,000 km). In weight, they would be equivalent to 23 large aircraft carriers (100,000 tons). (For Sonata and like models, the weights are 1.5 m/80 kg for the front chassis modules, 1.5 m/40 kg for the rear chassis modules, and 1.4 m/15 kg for the cockpit modules).
So far, Hyundai Mobis modules have been applied to the leading Hyundai and Kia models that were popular both at home and abroad. They include Avante, Lotze, Sonata, Santa Fe, Sorrento, Vera Cruz, and even the most recently released Genesis. Notably, since 2006, Hyundai Mobis surprised the world by supplying the massive “complete chassis module” to Chrysler for the US automaker’s long-time global bestseller, Jeep Wrangler.
Beginning in 2004, Hyudai Mobis built its production line-up for the three top vehicle core modules by adding the “front-end module” to its production line-up of chassis modules and cockpit modules.
Hyundai Mobis has been at the forefront of securing global competitiveness of Korean finished cars by offering far more than simple assembly-type modules, and providing integrated function modules that encompass the development of the most optimal parts assembly units to ensuring top quality. At the same time, Hyundai Mobis is enhancing the performance of module parts by proprietarily developing air bags, brake systems, steering devices, and lamps, which constitute the key technologies for the core modules.
Yim Chae-young, Vice President and Module Business head of Hyundai Mobis, said, “The cutting-edge module technology and productivity that Hyundai Mobis has accumulated over the years are drawing the attention of OEM businesses around the world,” and added, “such technology and productivity will serve as a platform for Korean finished cars to gain global competitiveness, and help to accelerate exports of modules to foreign finished automakers.”
Last year, module businesses at home generated KRW 5.6 trillion in sales, while another USD 4 billion was generated by overseas subsidiaries. Currently, module business accounts for 65% of Hyundai Mobis’s entire business structure. This year, Hyundai Mobis expects over 10% growth in sales from the module business.
Hyundai Mobis is the only Korean company to rank among the world’s top 50 auto parts businesses. According to a recent survey by a Japanese research organization and #8212;Fourin and #8212;Hyundai Mobis’ current ranking is 18th.
※ About Hyundai Mobis:
As the nation’s largest auto parts supplier, the company produces the three core vehicle modules and_cockpit module, chassis module, front-end module and_and key parts, including state-of-the-art braking systems, airbags, and others. They are produced at over 20 plants in Korea and around the world. Also, through Hyundai’s expansive global logistics networks, Hyundai Mobis supplies A/S parts for Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Currently, the company employs a total of 10,000, including 5,000 at home and another 5,000 overseas.