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Hanwha Group Chairman Kim Seung-youn, sixth from left, takes part in the opening ceremony of the Hanwha Aero Engines Factory, an aircraft engine parts factory operated by Hanwha Aerospace in Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park near Hanoi, Vietnam, on Thursday. From third from left are Shin Hyun-woo, CEO of Hanwha Aerospace; Kim Dong-won, chief digital officer and head of global business at Hanwha Life; Keum Choon-soo, vice chairman of Hanwha Group; Hanwha Chairman Kim; and Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh. [HANWHA GROUP]

Hanwha Group Chairman Kim Seung-yeon visited Vietnam for the first time in seven years to participate in the opening ceremony of Hanwha Aerospace’s new aircraft engine facility on Thursday.

Hanwha Aerospace built its new facility in Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park near Hanoi, Vietnam, to bolster production and strengthen its aircraft engine business.

The aerospace affiliate has built the facility on a roughly 100,000 square meter (25 acre) space in the park. Currently it takes up only 30,000 square meters of the lot, but the facility will gradually be expanded to take up 60,000 square meters, the company said.

Data on production capacity was not revealed Thursday, citing business confidentiality. Hanwha said that it is the first massive aircraft engine parts manufacturing facility in Vietnam.

Hanwha Aerospace is expecting the new facility to help cut manufacturing costs due to economies of scale. It currently has a domestic facility running in Changwon, South Gyeongsang.

Full-scale manufacturing at the new factory will begin next year.

Kim said the Vietnamese factory will “play a key role in making Hanwha Group a competitive aircraft engine parts maker in the world” during his welcoming address at the ceremony. He further added that he hopes the factory will be a good mediator in strengthening ties between Hanwha and the country.

Kim’s visit comes as Hanwha has recently set its focus on its aerospace business after changing the company’s name from Hanwha Techwin in April to more bluntly show that the company makes aircraft engines. The affiliate is due to acquire aerospace businesses currently under Hanwha Corporation as well.

About 300 officials participated in the ceremony including Kim and Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh.


BY KIM JEE-HEE [kim.jeehee@joongang.co.kr]

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