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Hyundai reinforce quality competitiveness

Hyundai reliability assessment center

Company commences construction of large-scale reliability assessment centre in South Korea

HYUNDAI Construction Equipment (HCE) have commenced the construction of a large-scale reliability assessment centre in South Korea, in a move aimed at strengthening their quality competitiveness.

On Wednesday 18 September, the company held a ground-breaking ceremony for the new quality centre and performance evaluation laboratory for finished equipment on a total land area of 40,000 square metres at the Mabuk-ri Research Institute in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do. The facility is due to be completed in August 2020.

Representing a total investment of KRW77 billion (€58.73 million), the project will see HCE’s existing evaluation laboratory operation in Ulsan relocated to the new reliability assessment centre, allowing for integrated research from component parts to finished products.

In particular, the centre will be equipped with a large laboratory that can check the performance of equipment in extreme environments from –40 to +80 degrees C, as well as simulators and state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment.

Various research and experimental work will also be conducted in areas such as eco-friendly technology, engine efficiency, noise-reduction etc, to cope with increasingly stringent emissions regulations.

Kim Gwang-min, vice-president in charge of the new HCE reliability assessment centre, said: ‘When the centre has been completed, preliminary verification from hydraulic and mechanical parts to finished products will be strengthened and the quality competitiveness of finished equipment will be greatly improved.’

He added: ‘As trust and loyalty to our brand increases, it is expected that global market penetration will be further accelerated.’

HCE say they will be focusing their efforts on quality improvement by moving their quality division to the new quality headquarters in January next year and allocating 35% of their total employees to the R&D department in August 2020.

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