The reason for Kumho Tire's existence, which is intuitive and easy to understand.
The Reflection and Goal of Kumho Tire in 2025
Defining Kumho Tire's values as an expression of will and action
Kumho Tire has completely focused on the development of “products that customers desire” from the planning stage to the development stage, as can be seen in the case of launching Majesty SOLUS, a premium tire, and Eco-Wing S, an eco-friendly tire. Through an honest communication with customers through SNSs like Facebook and Twitter, the company has made efforts to reflect customers’ needs into its products and services proactively. In May 2011, TORRO, the mascot of the company was created and has been loved very much since then. As the social accountability of businesses has been highlighted ever more, the company has practiced social contribution activities in diverse sectors around the world, such as the Pink Ribbon campaign and sponsor for child education.
Supplied BMW X3 OE tires
Supplied Volkswagen Atlas OE tires
Doublestar completes Kumho Tire acquisition
Held the Kumo Tire Vision Proclamation Ceremony
Signed technology export deal with Pakistan;s Century Engineering Industries
Ranked No.1 in Korea’s Customer Satisfaction Index(KCSI) for 14 consecutive years, passenger car tire category
CRUGEN HP71 received the Red Dot Design Award
Official tire sponsored with Hyundai Avante Cup Motorsport
Received the IDEA Award
Opening of Georgia Plant, US
Sponsoring on Tottenham Hotspur and Olympique Lyonnais
Decided a relocation of the Nanjing factory
Agreement on OEM supply for Yokohama Rubber
Supplied Dodge Viper OE
Ecsta Racing Team’s all-around victory on CJ Superrace
Gold Prize on North American Event Technology Award
Negotiated a contract for technical cooperation with the Yokohoma Rubber Co., Ltd.
Launched the Kumho Tire 'Ecsta Racing Team‘
Selected for the Quality Award at the Renault Group Supplier Awards
Supplied BMW 3 Series OE
Implementation of 'tire wear lifespan mileage warranty' in Korea
World first to launch tires with RFID (for passenger cars)
Hosted KLPGA Kumho Tire Women’s Open
Construction of Kumho Tire central research institute
Supplied Mercedes Benz G Class OE
Launched Eco Tire ‘ecowing S’
Held new product release announcement in Asiana Airline’s hangar in 2012
Started the Pink Ribbon Campaign
Kumho Tire ranked No.1 in Korea’s Customer Satisfaction Index (KCSI) for eight consecutive years (Passenger car tire category)
Kumho Tire ranked No.1 in Korean Net Promoter Score (KNPS) for five consecutive years (Passenger car tire category)
Kumho Tires supplies original equipment (OE) tires to BMW GPⅡ
Kumho Tires is top-ranked in Korea's Customer Satisfaction Index (KCSI) for seven consecutive years, passenger car tire category.
Kumho Tire is top-ranked in Korean Net Promoter Score (KNPS) for four consecutive years, passenger car tire category.
Kumho Tires enters into sponsorship agreement with Hamburger SV.(HSV)
Participated the Seoul Motor Show in 2011 (Exhibited Ghost Car)
TTORHO Character was created
The 50th anniversary of its foundation
Kumho Tires ranked No. 1 in Korea's Customer Satisfaction Index (KCSI) for six consecutive years, passenger car tire category
Released the premium tire ‘Majesty SOLUS’
Officially opened SNS(Twitter, Facebook)
Kumho Tires has established the Korea’s first APU manufacturing facility in Pyeongtaek, tire history museum, and TirePro shops as a global corporation with high confidence. Kumho Tires is also contributing to the society with environment friendly management activities. Superior quality of products has been certified since the year of 2000 by participating Auto GP, Master’s official tires, and many other various motor sports events with winning awards. Such activities have become the foundation of enhancing R&D, distribution, and marketing activities to begin the new era as a global company.
Kumho Tires ranked No. 1 in Korea's Customer Satisfaction Index (KCSI) for five consecutive years, passenger car tire category
Kumho Tires supplies OE truck tires to Benz (first among Korean tire manufacturers)
Kumho Tires supplies original equipment (OE) tires to Ford, USA
Construction of Kumho Tires' central research center
Construction of Kumho Tires' factory in Vietnam completed
Kumho Tires obtains the TSO certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Tire Pro opens in China
Developed a prototype of F1 tires
Construction of the Changchoon Plant in China completed
Kumho Tires for aircraft of civil aviation obtains KTSO certificate
Plant in Vietnam to process natural rubber opens
Construction of Nanjing TBR (Truck and Bus Radial) plant begins
Kumho Tires supplied to Benz for use on passenger cars (first among Korean firms)
Global management system ERP built
Kumho Tires enters into sponsorship agreement with Manchester United Football Club
Kumho Tires' sales entity established in China
Construction of Vietnam factory starts
Kumho Tires develops world's first 32" UHP tires
Kumho Tires develops world's first 32" UHP tires
Construction of Tienjin (Chinga) Plant completed
Kumho Tires opens Tire History Museum, Korea's first museum of its kind
Kumho Tires wins 1 Billion Dollar Export Trophy on Trade Day
Ground breaking ceremony for the construction of research center in China (KCTC)
Kumho Tires listed on the Korean stock exchange and London stock exchange at the same time, first among Korean firm
Kumho Tires wins 800 Million Dollar Export Trophy on Trade Day, first among Korean tire manufacturers
Kumho Tires obtains ISO/TS16949 certificate
Kumho Tires designated as an Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
Kumho Tires obtains EPD (Environmental Product Declaration), first among Korean tire manufacturers
Kumho Tires selected as official tire supplier to the F3 Euro series
Kumho Tires designated as a company with a good competitive edge in quality (6 consecutive years)
Kumho Tires Pyeongtaek Plant (APU) constructed
Kumho Tires ranked 9th among global tire manufacturers
Kumho Tires spins off from parent company, Kumho Industry Co., Ltd.
Kumho Tires obtains North Europe Nordic Swan label certificate (first among tire manufacturers)
Kumho Tires selected as official tire supplier to the Marlboro Masters Formula 3
Kumho Tires receives the VDA (Verband der Automobilindustry e.V) certificate
Extension of KATC (Kumho American Technical Center) completed
Kumho Tires nominated as official tire supplier to the International Formula 3's Korea Super Prix
Six Sigma introduced
Kumho Tires established Research Institute and Global R&D center in Akron, U.S.A. and in Europe, respectively. Starting from 1990, research on racing tires, the world’s fourth Run-flat tires, and the world’s first 32” Ultra high performance (UHP) tires were developed. Throughout this technological development period, today’s Kumho Tires are founded. In addition, a manufacturing facility was constructed in Nanjing, China to establish global production system as a Global Tire Brand.
Kumho Tires receives environment mark certificate (first among Korean tire manufacturers)
The Automatic Production Unit (APU) developed
Kumho Tires develops run-flat tires (fourth among tire manufacturers in the world)
Kumho Construction becomes part of Kumho Tires and trade name is changed to Kumho Industry Co. Ltd.
Kumho Tires obtains QS 9000 certificate
Kumho Tires receives a certificate for offering superb after-sales services (first among Korean tire manufacturers)
Trade name changed into Kumho Tires Co., Ltd.
Kumho Tires certified to ISO 14001
Kumho Tires certified to ISO 9001
Kumho Tires joins Top 10 tire manufacturers in the world
KATC (KUMHO America Technical Center) established
On the 17th Day of Export in Korea in 1980, Kumho Tires was the only company that marked USD 100 million of exported goods. Only Kumho Tires acquired the approval certification from GM Motors to equip tires manufactured from Korea for exporting vehicles overseas. Through the establishment of Central R&D center and Gokseong plant in 1974, Kumho Tires was able to focus on becoming a specialized company producing tires.
Gokseong Plant: proving ground built
Company awarded with grand prize for improved productivity
Company merged with Kumho Industry Co., Ltd., and renamed Kumho Co., Ltd.
Gwangju Central Research Center established
Company won 100 million dollar export trophy
In 1970s, the Songjeong plant was constructed to overcome the limitations of manually operated facilities and to improve the quality of products for potential future growth. Kumho Tires officially started collaborations with one of the three largest tire manufacturers in America, Uniroyal Tire Co., Ltd, and succeeded in developing tires for combat planes for the first time in Korea as well. The technologies of manufacturing tires were improved and foundation of further development was established.
Company awarded grand prize at the 5th Quality Management Award
Company exceeded 1 million units in annual production in Korea
Radial tires developed
Tires for aircraft developed
Construction of Gwangju plant completed
Songjeong plant put in operation
In 1960, Kumho Tires' history began with the first production of tires. The founder of Kumho Asiana Group, Incheon Park, had difficulties in securing qualified tires for his business named Gwangju Transportation Co., Ltd. Because of this, he decided to start manufacturing tires. At the time, they were able to produce only 20 tires a day. However, Kumho Tires now produces world-class tires in eight manufacturing facilities around the world. Kumho Tires started the first overseas business in Thailand in 1965.
Company receives DOT mark based on regulations of the Ministry of Transportation, USA
Company obtains KS mark
Export to Thailand launched (worth USD 7,700)
First tires produced