History of Hyundai Steel
Hyundai Steel (an affiliate of the Hyundai Motor Group) is a leading global steelmaker and the oldest steelmaker in South Korea. In 2018 the company produced ~22 million tonnes of steel, making it the 15th largest steelmaker in the world.
The timeline below covers the history of the firm.
- 1953: Firm was established.
- 1956: Blooming mill becomes operational.
- 1962: Firm is renamed as Incheon Steel.
- 1968: EAF shop completed.
- 1982: Heavy sections plant commences operation.
- 1987: Korean government decides to privatise Incheon Steel.
- 1990: Stainless cold rolling mill expansion completed.
- 1997: Sammi Specialty Steel files for court protection from creditors.
- 2000: Incheon Merger with Kangwon Industries.
- 2000: Incheon Acquires Sammi Specialty Steel.
- 2001: Incheon Steel joins Hyundai Group.
- 2001: Incheon Steel renamed INI Steel on 27-Jul-01.
- 2004: INI Steel acquires bankrupt Hanbo Steel.
- 2006: INI Steel renames itself Hyundai Steel Company.
- 2013: Merger with yundai Hysco's Cold Rolled Steel Division.
- 2015: Merger with Hyundai Hysco.
- 2018: Hyundai Steel and other firms fined over price fixing.
- 1953: The company was founded as the Korea Heavy Industry Corporation on 10th June.
- 1987: Privatisation was implemented through takeover by the Hyundai Group.
- 2000: At the time of the merger, Kangwon Industries produced ~800 kt / year of steel bar products.
- 2000: Incheon merger with Kangwon Industries and with Sammi Specialty Steel gave enlarged group a total production capacity of ~8 million tonnes.
Acquisition of Sammi also gave Incheon capability to produce liquid stainless steel.
- 2004: Hanbo Iron and Steel acquisition was by a consortium involving INI Steel and reroller Hyundai Hysco. Final purchase price was ~$750m.
- 2010: By this point, Hyundai Steel was primarily an integrated (rather than EAF-based) steel works with its principal integrated production plant in Dangjin, South Chungcheong Province having capacity of 8 million tons.
- 2018: South Korea's six largest steel firms including Hyundai Steel Co and Dongkuk Steel Mill Co Ltd were fined a total of 119 billion won for fixing the price of steel reinforcement bar.
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