Hyundai Mobis has been strengthening the competitiveness of Korean automakers by building module production bases in China, North America, India and Eastern Europe. The company recently completed the construction of a module plant in Georgia, its third such plant in the US after ones in Alabama and Toledo. Hyundai Mobis built its module plant in Alabama in 2005 in order to promote its sales in the North American market, one of the world’s three major automobile markets. Since then, the company has supplied advanced modules to Hyundai Motor’s plant in Alabama.
In addition, Hyundai Mobis completed the construction of its plant in Toledo to supply chassis modules to Chrysler in 2006. Hyundai Mobis also built a module plant on land measuring 86,300 square meters in Georgia and began supplying three major modules to Kia Motors’ plant in the region.
“The module plant in Georgia will produce 300,000 units of each of the three major modules, such as the front and rear chassis module, driver’s seat module and a front end module for Kia Motors cars for the North American market,” said an executive at Kia Motors. “The module plant in Georgia is located roughly one and half hours away from the module plant in Alabama. The two plants will also share production know-how.”
In particular, the module plant in Georgia was built in the North American plant of Kia Motors. Accordingly, the company introduced a tunnel conveyor system to move module products, and thus linking production and module lines. Hyundai Mobis applied the system to the plant in Geogia after introducing a similar one at its plant in the Czech Republic. In the past, the company had used vehicles to move modules to production lines.
Hyundai Mobis’ module plant introduced highly advanced facilities so as to enhance productivity in addition to the conveyor system. The company installed a rail on the ceiling enabling workers can assemble products more efficiently. The system automatically sends auto parts to workers via the rail and is expected to greatlt contribute to enhancing productivity.
The module plant is planning to make more efforts to design and produce products suitable for the local market while applying the very latest production technologies. First of all, the company designed major parts for driver’s seat modules, such as crusts, audios and heat controls preferred by local consumers.
The company also applied an invisible passenger air bag for a better design. Furthermore, Mobis has developed and applied new technologies to produce advanced auto parts, such as the adoption of a structure that reduced the load on driver’s knees when involved in a collision through the use of soft materials.
Meanwhile, Hyundai Mobis has put its utmost efforts into enhancing the competitiveness of its workers in order to make vehicles produced at the Kia Motors’ plant in Georgia some of the best in North America. Workers in the Georgian plant were sent not only to the plant in Alabama but also to module plants in Korea to learn about assembly work, and received training regarding how to assemble various module products at the production lines.
Workers in the module plant in Geogia can lay the foundation for producing modules of the highest quality through the better understanding of module products and the ability to assemble parts faster and more efficiently. Hyundai Mobis built a supply network to produce world-class module products around Alabama and Georgia in North America. Therefore, Hyundai Mobis has reached a turning point by significantly enhancing the international competitiveness of Korean automakers.