Hyundai Motor Europe
Hyundai Motor Opens Its Newly-Extended
- Ceremony marks official opening of newly-extended European headquarters
- Now also home to company’s German subsidiary, Hyundai Motor Deutschland
- Significant investment by Hyundai in new European facilities in 2013
Offenbach, 07 October 2013
Hyundai Motor has officially opened its newly-expanded European headquarters in Offenbach, Germany, completing a €42,5 million investment.
Situated at the heart of Hyundai Motor’s European operations, the building was originally opened in 2006. Its floor area has been expanded by 50%, from 21.600 m2 to 33.800 m2, at a cost of €24,4 million. It now accommodates the growing European team and the staff of Hyundai Motor Deutschland, the company’s largest European subsidiary. In total, 375 employees are based in the new building.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO at Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “Expanding our headquarters in Offenbach demonstrates our total commitment to Europe and to exceeding the expectations of European consumers. As a growing business, it’s natural to need more space to accommodate our team, but the significance of this building is about much more than additional offices. It symbolises the new, stronger connections that Hyundai Motor has made in the local region and more widely around Europe.”
The expansion of Hyundai Motor’s European headquarters in Offenbach is the company’s significant investment in its European infrastructure this year, totaling more than €500 million. A new test centre at the world-famous Nürburgring was opened in September with the aim of further enhancing the durability and quality of its future products. In Alzenau, Germany, the establishment of Hyundai Motorsport’s headquarters is driving the brand’s preparations for the 2014 World Rally Championship. Annual production capacity has been boosted at the Turkish factory to 200.000 units, bringing production of New Generation i10 to Europe. Along with the company’s plant in the Czech Republic, Hyundai’s European annual production capacity now stands at 500.000 units.
The glass-clad building was designed and constructed by Hyundai Amco Europe, and incorporates a ‘cool ceiling’ system designed to reduce energy consumption. Roof foliage provides the building with year-round natural ventilation.
Following a groundbreaking ceremony at the site in 2005, the original building was officially opened in 2006, providing a permanent home to Hyundai Motor Europe GmbH. Construction work began on its extension in April 2012 and was completed in 16 months.
The opening ceremony was attended by VIPs and officials, including Michael Boddenberg, Head of Federal Affairs for Hessen, Horst Schneider, Mayor of Offenbach; and Mr Won-Jung Han, Head of Mission at the Korean Consulate General in Frankfurt. European media, company suppliers and local businesses were also among the audience of 250 people at the event.
About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group, with more than two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Hyundai Motor - which has seven manufacturing bases outside of South Korea including Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. - sold 4,4 million vehicles globally in 2012. Hyundai Motor, which employs over 80.000 worldwide, offers a full line-up of products including small to large passenger vehicles, SUVs and commercial vehicles.
Further information about Hyundai Motor and its products is available at www.hyundai.com.
About Hyundai Motor Europe
The company designs, engineers and manufactures cars in Europe, specifically for European consumers. In 2012, Hyundai Motor achieved European sales of 444.000 units, taking a new-car market share of 3,5%. Almost 95% of the vehicles Hyundai Motor sells in the region are designed, engineered and tested in Europe. And more than 70% are built at its two local factories (Czech Republic and Turkey), including New Generation i30, which was shortlisted for Europe’s 2013 Car of the Year award and has won 14 awards throughout the region. Hyundai Motor sells cars in 28 European countries across 2.500 outlets.
Hyundai Motor offers its unique, Europe-only, Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package with all new cars sold in the region, providing customers with a five-year warranty with no mileage limit, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.
More information about Hyundai Motor Europe and its products is available at www.hyundai.com/eu.
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