|Hyosung Chairman Cho Hyun-joon (left) shakes hands with governor Yuan Jiajun of Zhejiang province at Hyosung’s headquarters in Seoul on Saturday. (Hyosung)|
Zhejiang, an eastern coastal province of China, is Hyosung’s first overseas production base. In 1999, the Korean firm set up a spandex factory in Jiaxing, a prefecture-level city in northern Zhejiang province, as part of the firm’s strategy to jump into the global market. Hyosung has since become a leader in the spandex market since 2010, taking up 30 percent of the global market share.
During the meeting, Cho told Yuan, “Zhejiang is a cornerstone for globalized Hyosung as we have grown together over the last 20 years. We hope to continue our amicable relationship.”
Yuan replied, “Hyosung has made a significant contribution to the economy and job creation of Zhejiang and we expect (Hyosung) to take part in the development of key industries of the province.”
Since Hyosung set up a trade office in Beijing in 1988, it has continued to expand its business in China. Currently, the firm has 15 production bases and three trade offices in China.
Hyosung has so far invested over $1.5 billion in China in key product businesses, including spandex and tire cords, generating $2.2 billion in sales and hiring over 7,000 people last year.
By Shin Ji-hye (email@example.com)