Halah Touryalai, ’16
Chazen South Korea team was up very early Wednesday morning to catch a 7am train from Seoul to Ulsan–home to the world’s largest automobile assembly plant operated by the Hyundai Motor Company and the world’s largest shipyard operated by Hyundai Heavy Industries.
Upon reaching rainy Ulsan, the team visited HHI which sits on 1,500 acres. Established in 1972 by the late Chung Ju-yung, HHI is the world’s largest shipbuilder manufacturing everything from drill ships to submarines. The company’s 7 lines of business include Shipbuilding, Offshore & Engineering, Industrial Plant & Engineering, Engine & Machinery, Electro Electric Systems, Green Energy, and Construction Equipment. The company was originally part of the Hyundai Group but spun off an independent company in 2002. However, the Hyundai family still own a significant portion of the ship business.
The Chazen team toured the massive shipyard which has 61,000 employees, 50 cafeterias and its own hospital. The crew was able to view the world’s largest container ships spanning nearly 400 meters.
Soon after HHI, we were off to Hyundai Motors where we were able to check out the car maker’s latest models as well as take a stroll down the auto-assembly line. Unfortunately, no photos were allowed at the production facility but the experience was a trip highlight for most of us.