Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) promoted CEO Jae-sung LEE as new chairman

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world's top-tier shipyard, said Thursday that it promoted Lee Jae-sung, from CEO to chairman.

This is part of a management reshuffle designed to defy concerns over corporate profitability amid the continued market downturn.

HHI said the promotion was mostly aimed at guaranteeing management independency.

The position became vacant after former chairman Min Kye-shik left the shipbuilder in December 2011.

President Kim Oe-hyun will be in charge of shipbuilding, marine and plant businesses. Kim Jeong-rae, will move to take charge of the firm's engine, electronics, green energy and construction equipment businesses, according to the statement.

"The reshuffle is aimed at increasing the agility of the company to react to change in markets and weather market downturns by introducing a responsible management system," an HHI official said.

The global shipbuilding industry is seeing signs of gradual improvement thanks to increasing orders from major ship-owners amid economic recovery in the United States and Europe.

But HHI officials say the time isn't ripe to expect imminent profit hikes in coming quarters because the market outlook remains negative.

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Hyundai Engineering & Construction's cumulative overseas orders top $100 Billion Dollars

HDEC workers leave for Antarctic from New Zealand in mid-November to complete South Korea's second research station in the frozen continent by early next year. (Yonhap file photo)

Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co. (HDEC), South Korea's largest builder, said Sunday that its cumulative overseas orders have topped US$100 billion, 48 years after its first inroad into the offshore construction market.

HDEC, now affiliated with the Hyundai Motor Group, said it recently won a $1.4 billion contract to build an oil refinery plant in Latin America, raising the amount of its cumulative overseas orders to $101.05 billion (107 trillion won).

The milestone has been achieved 48 years after the contractor obtained an order to build an expressway in Thailand in 1965 in the company's first overseas project, company officials said.

HDEC has since carried out 780 more construction projects in 55 countries worldwide.

HDEC's aggregate volume of offshore orders accounts for approximately 17 percent of the South Korean construction sector's cumulative overseas orders of $597 billion, they noted.

They added 54 percent of HDEC's overseas orders came from the Middle East, with Asia accounting for 32 percent.

(Yonhap)

Hyundai Heavy Launches New 2,300 metric tons Stealth Frigate – 3D anti-aircraft, anti-ship missiles; OK for Philippine Navy?

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world's biggest shipbuilder, held a launch ceremony for its fifth frigate, ROKS Jeonbuk. The launch ceremony was attended by the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mr. Hwang Ki-chul, governor of Northern Jeolla Province Mr. Kim Wan-ju, Hyundai Heavy's president & CEO Mr. Lee Jai-seong and other government and military officials in Ulsan shipyard. Photo: navyrecognition.com

Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) held a launch ceremony today for its fifth frigate, ROKS Jeonbuk.

The launch ceremony was attended by the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Hwang Ki-chul, governor of Northern Jeolla Province Kim Wan-ju, Hyundai Heavy's president and CEO Lee Jai-seong and other government and military officials in Ulsan shipyard.

The Jeonbuk frigate has greatly improved capabilities with its weapon and sensors including new 3-D radar, antiaircraft and antiship missiles, and sonar and torpedo acoustic counter measures. In addition, the vessel uses stealth technology to minimize the exposure to electromagnetic waves. More than 90% of major equipment is locally developed and sourced.

The 2,300-metric-ton frigate, measuring 114 meters long, 14 wide and 25 deep, can sail at a maximum speed of 30 knots with a crew of 120. The frigate will be delivered to the Korean Navy in December 2014.

The Ulsan, South Korea-based shipbuilder delivered its third frigate ROKS Incheon in January this year and is also currently building its fourth frigate ROKS Gyeonggi scheduled to be delivered in October 2014.

Since constructing and delivering the first Korean-built frigate ROKS Ulsan in 1980, Hyundai Heavy has grown as a leading naval shipbuilder by delivering 63 naval ships including the first and the third Korean Aegis destroyers, three KDX-II destroyers, five frigates, three submarines and 29 patrol salvage ships.

Hyundai Heavy have shown its interest to compete with other global bidders for the recent invitation from the Philippines for 2 new frigates.

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Hyundai ix35 Series II brings engineering and pricing revisions

The Hyundai ix35 small SUV has been given a mid-life refresh that includes updated petrol engines, revised suspension tuning and small price increases for most models.

A $26,990 starting price continues for the base model ix35 Active 2WD, though mid-spec Elite and range-topping Highlander models increase by $300-$400.

Petrol four-cylinders in 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre sizes continue but this time they feature direct fuel injection.

The 'Nu' 2.0-litre, already found in the mid-size i40, produces the same 122kW as the previous 2.0L but increases torque output from 197Nm to 205Nm, with fuel consumption improving from 8.5 litres per 100km to 8.2L/100km for the manual gearbox or 8.4L/100km for the six-speed auto.

The 'Theta' 2.4-litre increases both power and torque – by 6kW to 136kW and by 13Nm to 240Nm. Efficiency drops, however, from 9.2L/100km to 9.8L/100km.

A 2.0-litre turbo diesel carries over, with the 135kW/392Nm four-cylinder again offered in the Elite and Highlander trim grades.

Hyundai Australia is continuing to offer the European-built Special Edition, priced from $30,990 for a 2WD auto or from $35,990 for an AWD auto.

Other small changes for the Hyundai ix35 include revised headlight treatment, new 17- and 18-inch alloy wheel designs, standard faux-metal roof rails, soft-touch door trim for Elite and Highlander models, and a rear seat with recline function.

Hyundai Australia says it has also spent more time working on the ix35s suspension and steering, trying to address areas of criticism for the vehicle.

The Hyundai ix35 Series II is on sale now.

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HDEC; a South Korean contractor denounced for USD2.1 million debt refusals of Vietnam's Hyupjin Vina Company

The five-star Marriott Hotel in Tu Liem District's My Dinh Commune Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – Thirty nine Vietnamese sub-contractors have accused South Korea-owned Hyupjin Vina Company of refusing the debt of VND44 billion (USD2.1 million), allegedly owed them.

In a petition sent to DTiNews, the Vietnamese companies said they are subcontractors, providing materials, equipment and aid to the electrical engineering system installation, for the luxury Marriott Hotel project in My Dinh Commune in Hanoi.

Dinh Van Khoi, Deputy Director of Construction Machinery Joint Stock Company No.4. (Coma4), one of the sub-contractors, said the Marriott Hotel project is owned by he Binh Minh Import Export Production and Trade Co. (Bitexco) and Bitexco signed a contract with South Korea's Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company.

After that, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company signed a contract with subcontractor Hyupjin Vina Company at the representative's office in HCM City.

Then Hyupjin Vina Company signed a deal with 39 Vietnamese subcontractors who will provide materials, equipment and electrical engineering systems for the hotel. Under the contract, the Vietnamese side finished their work according to documents agreed by the two sides.

After their work was completed, Hyupjin Vina should have paid the 39 Vietnamese subcontractors a total VND44 billion. But, Hyupjin Vina suddenly announced their bankruptcy, and their inability to pay the debt.

Hyupjin Vina said that Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company still owes them more than USD3.5 million; therefore, they could not pay the debt to the Vietnamese sub-contractors.

Meanwhile, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company denied this, saying that Hyupjin Vina has still owes them over USD4.2 million.

The Vietnamese sub-contractors have been seeking help from the two South Korean firms, but the firms refused to do this.

Many workers from the Vietnamese company gathered in front of the Marriott Hotel to strike for their rights. They faced the security people blocking the site and no one else appeared to deal with their problem.

Mr. Khoi said they sent a petition to Vietnamese management agencies, but, the problem has not yet been settled.

"We do not know about debt problems between the two South Korean companies, but Hyundai is the main contractor of the project, thus, they should take responsibility for this. We also expect the involvement of Bitexco in order to protect its project," Khoi noted.

DTiNews reporter contacted Hyundai Engineering & Construction and the company said it will provide information about the case as soon as possible.

DTiNews will continue updating the information of the case.

With report from DTriNews

Consortium led by Hyundai HDEC wins US$522 Million order from Sri Lanka

A consortium led by Hyundai Engineering and Construction (HDEC), South Korea's largest builder, has won a US$522 million Dollars order to build an integrated resort in Sri Lanka

Hyundai Engineering and Construction (HDEC) and  Keangnam Enterprises, a mid-sized builder -- are set to complete the resort in Colombo by 2017 under a deal with a subsidiary of Sri Lanka's top conglomerate, John Keells Holdings PLC.

Hyundai E&C said it holds a 65 percent stake in the project, or $339 million, while Keangnam Enterprises has a 25 percent one, or $130 million won, and Sri Lanka's Nawaloka holds the rest.

Shares of HDEC were trading at 61,700 won ($57) on the Seoul bourse as of 10:41 a.m., up 1.48 percent from the previous session's close.

Shares of Keangnam Enterprises, meanwhile, were trading at 5,230 won on the Seoul bourse as of 10:41 a.m., unchanged from the previous session's close.

Hyundai Engineering adopted Autodesk 3D software for Plant Design

Hyundai Engineering Co. Ltd., has adopted a 3D model-based design workflow driven by Autodesk Plant Design Suite, a comprehensive solution for designing, modeling, and constructing plant projects.

The Company piloted the use of the software on the A'Seeb Wastewater Treatment Plant project '" a wastewater treatment and recycling plant, capable of handling 80,000 tons of water in Seeb, Muscat, Oman the most populous region of the Sultanate of Oman.

Recognizing the clear industry shift from 2D- to 3D-based industrial and environmental plant design, Hyundai Engineering saw the need to invest in a 3D design solution.

Autodesk Plant Design Suite stood apart from other products on the market because it offered an affordable, flexible and comprehensive solution. The Suite provides design and modeling tools that are compatible with one another, which helps improve multi-discipline collaboration. It also enables 3D visualization, allowing project stakeholders to communicate more easily and effectively.

With Autodesk Plant Design Suite, Hyundai Engineering was able to not only deliver the A'Seeb Wastewater Treatment Plant project within budget and on schedule; the company also improved efficiency both in design and communication, while bringing about technological innovation.

A variety of tools contained in the suite were used on the project. For example, AutoCAD Plant 3D software simplified the modeling of pipeline, and enabled engineers to directly exchange basic data in the 3D models and drawings, helping all parties involved stay up-to-date. Also, Autodesk Navisworks Manage software was used to integrate designs created with various applications and produce a visualization of the integrated model that was used to detect problems early in the design stage of the project.

"Hyundai Engineering's aim was to ensure consistency and quality of 3D design data involved in the plant project. With Autodesk Plant 3D, we were able to implement a 3D wastewater treatment plant design system, which meant we were able to complete the development of a 3D design system that could be applied to various plant projects going forward," said Lee Seungsoo, section chief, Hyundai Engineering IT team.

Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2014 provides comprehensive plant design, intelligent 3D modeling and review software in an economical package. The Suite combines tools that enable intelligent, model-based processes to be utilized throughout project execution to help improve design efficiency and simplify coordination among process plant design stakeholders.

Building on the power of AutoCAD software and Autodesk 360 cloud services, the Suite adds plant-specific content and functionality to drive greater productivity and better project coordination, helping projects stay on schedule and within budget.

Hyundai Motors opens Nurburgring Test Centre in Germany

The Hyundai testing facility at Nürburgring

Hyundai has officially opened its 6.6 million Euro test centre in Germany at the famous Nurburgring.

Boosting the Hyundai Motor's brand's R&D operations in Europe, the new centre for testing provides Hyundai with a full-time presence at the iconic Nurburgring circuit, allowing it to further evaluate and develop the durability and driving dynamics of its vehicles 'more effectively and more often'.

Construction of the Centre began in June 2012 and was completed in less than 15 months. The glass and steel building houses workshops, office spaces and hospitality areas over four floors and is an extension of Hyundai's European R&D centre in Russelsheim, Germany, where the brand's European design and engineering teams have been based since 2003.

The Nurburgring is widely recognized as one of the most challenging tracks in the world, with 73 corners - 33 left and 40 right - spread across 12.8 miles of tarmac. With a difference in height of almost 300 meters between the lowest and the highest points, it features uphill and downhill gradients of 11 and 17 per cent respectively.

Each car taking part in Hyundai's 'accelerated durability tests' laps the Nurburgring 480 times in both dry and wet conditions, simulating over 100,000 miles of rigorous driving in less than six weeks. Throughout each lap, data parameters are continually monitored, assessing steering input and vehicle course, suspension movement and ride and handling characteristics. The results are given directly to the vehicle development team based at the circuit, enabling Hyundai's engineers to quickly make changes and tailor cars' characteristics to the demands of European drivers.

Hyundai will be able to refine their product to suit European tastes at the new Nürburgring facility

Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe commented: "The Nurburgring is a unique challenge for any vehicle, so it is the perfect location for our new facility. The emotional appeal of being 'tested at Nurburgring' will also help to further build the brand's reputation across Europe."

$3 Billion Iraq Plans Oilfield Contract Award to Hyundai, Samsung & Daewoo

Iraq plans to award contracts to Hyundai Heavy Industries' Engineering and Construction DivisionSamsung Engineering, and Daewoo Engineering & Construction for works on Zubair, one of its largest oil fields, Oil Minister Abdul Kareem al-Luaibi said.

"We are in the last stages in attributing the project entirely to three Korean companies," Luaibi said at the signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding on energy cooperation with South Korean Energy Minister Yoon Sang Jick in Seoul today. "This matter will be completed in less than two weeks."

The Zubair project will cost more than $3 billion, he said, without indicating whether it was the sum that the three companies would get, or how much each would receive.

Hyundai Heavy Industries' Engineering and Construction Division and Samsung Engineering have each submitted bids for the Zubair project, according to officials at the companies. A Daewoo Engineering spokesman declined to comment other than to say the company hopes to win more orders in Iraq later this year, according to an e-mailed response to questions.

Eni Spa is leading the group that won the tender to develop the oil field, located near the southern city of Basrah, with the participation of Occidental Petroleum Corp  Korea Gas Corp. and Missan Oil. Eni said in July it's targeting a plateau production of 850,000 barrels a day for Zubair.

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Hyundai Engineering & Construction, consortium wins $3.4 billion order in Turkmenistan

(Photo: Ethane Separation Plant constructed by Flour)

Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co Ltd (HDEC) and consortium with two other companies won an order worth 3.7 trillion won, or $3.4 billion US Dollar, order to build ethane treatment facilities in Turkmenistan from Turkmengas, the country's state gas company.

On 2010, Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd (HEC) with other consortium won a $1.48 Billion US Dollar for LNG project.

In a regulatory filing, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co Ltd (HDEC)' contract would take effect after certain conditions, such as a finance agreement, were met, after which construction is expected to take 47 months.

Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Obayashi, GS bags $2 Billion Dollars DUO in Ophir-Rochor and Marina Singapore projects

M+S Pte Ltd, a 60:40 joint venture between Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Temasek Holdings, has awarded two contracts worth over S$2 billion (RM5.2 billion) to the principal contractors for its mixed-use developments in Singapore – DUO in Ophir-Rochor and Marina One in Marina South.

The two contracts were awarded to Japanese Obayashi Corp for DUO and a Korean consortium of Hyundai Engineering & Construction and GS Engineering & Construction for Marina One.

M+S chairman Tan Sri Azman Yahya in a statement yesterday said the appointment of the three reputable contractors marked another significant milestone for the two iconic developments.

He said construction for the two developments is expected to start this year. Initial piling works have been completed at DUO and piling for Marina One is scheduled for completion this year.

When completed in 2017, both developments will complement and enhance the new growth areas of Ophir-Rochor and Marina South with their unique offerings.

"DUO is set to take its place as the civic nexus of Bugis and as the largest integrated development within the arts, cultural and educational precinct. Marina One's lush greenery and flowing waterfalls in its green heart will be a sanctuary for urban dwellers in Singapore's new Central Business District (CBD)," said M+S.

M+S was set up on June 2011 to develop four parcels of land in Marina South and two plots of land in Ophir-Rochor within Singapore as the integrated developments Marina One and DUO respectively.

The DUO development features DUO Residences comprising a 49-storey residential block of 660 units, DUO Tower encompassing a 39-storey commercial and hotel complex, and DUO Galleria, a unique retail gallery with basement carparks.

Marina One, meanwhile, encompasses two 30-storey office blocks (Marina One East Tower and Marina One West Tower), Marina One Residences which comprises two 34-storey residential blocks of 1,042 units, four basement levels, an underground pedestrian network and an ancillary road network.

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Hyundai Heavy Industries bags US$1.4 Billion Order for 10 Container Ships in the Middle East

Hyundai Heavy Industries delivered a similar 14,000 TEU vessel, the APL Temasek pictured above, to APL in March of this year

Hyundai Heavy Industries Company successfully obtained an order for 10 extra-large container ships from the Middle East.

On August 30, Hyundai signed a US$1.4 billion contract (including construction of 5 Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries ships) for a total of 10 container ships - five 18,000 TEU container ships and five 14,000 TEU container ships - with the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

In this contract, an option of a possible order of 7 additional ships - one 18,000 TEU ship and six 14,000 TEU ships - has been added. If this optional order is also successfully obtained, the final contract amount will be around US$2 billion. Hyundai was able to sign this large contract due to the good evaluations it has received for its past abundant container shipbuilding experience, advanced technologies such as high efficiency and eco-friendly ship models, and fast project completion in cooperation with the Hyundai Samho Heavy Industry Company.

A Hyundai official said, "The Company's continuous research and development (R&D) on eco-friendly, high-efficiency ships led directly to this large order," and added, "We will continue to work hard with harmonious labor and management to provide satisfactory technology development that can lead the market."

Hyundai Heavy Industries Company has obtained a total of US$19.6 billion in orders (including Samho's orders) accomplishing 82% of its annual goal of US$23.8 billion in revenue.

Hyundai became pioneers in the extra-large container ship market in 2005 by signing a world's first order for a 10K TEU. In January of this year, it obtained an order for five 14,000 TEU container ships from Canadian company Seaspan. In May, China gave the world's largest order of five 18,400 TEU container ships.

Business Korea 

Hyundai Engineering & Construction Wins $300 Million Order to Build Doha New Port Facilities

Hyundai Engineering & Construction (HDEC) on August 13 that had won a US$301-million order to build a new port at Qatar's Doha jointly with the Middle East unit of the Netherlands' Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and Brazil's Construtora OAS.Commissioned by the Qatari New Port Project Steering Committee.

The latest project calls for building berths for small- and medium-sized vessels and connecting passageways in the QEZ3 section of No. 3 economic zone.

The company, whose share of the order is $186 million, will complete the construction in 30 months after the work begin.

Hyundai (HDEC) has been active in Qatar since it entered the market in 1978 when it built the Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel.

Lately it succeeded in landing a total of 17 deals worth $7,583 million, including the Ras Laffan combined cycle power plant project in 2009, the 2010 Heart of Doha phase 1 project to rebuild the city center, the 2011 Qatar National Museum project, and the Lusail Expressway project in 2012.

A Hyundai Engineering & Construction (HDEC) official said, "We could clinch the port construction deal thanks to the good relationship we have maintained with the Qatari government through previous large-scale projects.

We will keep working hard to win more infrastructure projects that the government is commissioning ahead of the 2022 World Cup Games."

Korea Times

Hyundai Heavy to sell $270 million Solar cell module plant

This file photo shows solar panels set up by Hyundai Heavy Industries in El Bonillo, Spain in 2007. Hyundai is in talks with POSCO and SK Energy to sell one of its domestic solar plants as part of a restructuring plan for the solar business amid the industry's prolonged downturn. / Korea Times file

World's largest shipbuilder in talks with SK, POSCO about sale of $270 mil. plant

The prolonged downturn in the global solar market is proving too much for Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Korea's biggest solar business operator, to endure.

HHI has decided to vastly restructure its solar business after scrapping plans to build two solar photovoltaic power plants roughly valued at $700 million in Arizona, the United States, said Hyundai officials.

``The market demand is way below expectations. The feasibility is lost,'' a source told The Korea Times, Tuesday.

The restructuring will come after the shipbuilder has already downsized its investment by over 40 percent.

Part of the restructuring involves a discounted sale of a production facility for crystalline silicon, a raw material for solar cells.

``Hyundai is talking to SK Energy and POSCO, separately, about selling its equipment for crystalline silicon production including module plants located in Eumseong, a provincial city southwest of Seoul. The so-called `No. 1' there are worth about $270 million,'' said the source, asking not to be named.

Chipmaker SK-Hynix is interested because of the duality of the involved technology as solar-cell manufacturing technology is pretty much the same as making semiconductors.

``POSCO Chairman Chung Joon-yang met with HHI executives to discuss the purchase,'' said the source. A spokesman from POSCO wasn't available for comment, while SK Energy representatives declined to confirm this.

Hyundai has three solar panel plants in Eumseong with a combined capacity reaching 600 megawatts. HHI had launched the renewable energy division as a new growth engine.

Park Joon-soo, a PR official for HHI, said that the No. 1 factory has been closed with the utilization rates of the No. 2 and No. 3 plants at 50 percent as of the end of January this year.

``The restructuring is inevitable because of low profits,'' Park said by telephone.

HHI is the latest Korean technology giant to restructure its solar business. Affiliates of Samsung Group and LG Group are also downsizing their solar divisions.

``The market for crystalline silicon-based solar cells is dominated by Chinese companies. It's difficult for Koreans to penetrate,'' he said.

The global solar business will see a consolidation that's already taking place in the global memory chip sector. HHI's decision to restructure its solar business is welcomed by stock investors.

But it's very unlikely that the firm will completely fold its solar business as the shipbuilder is still investing in the more profitable and advanced solar technology of thin film.

``HHI will continue strengthening capabilities in thin-film solar assets to put the ailing solar business on the right track in the shortest time,'' according to Park said.

He said the project to build another solar panel facility to produce thin film-based solar panels is still effective despite the ongoing bearish market.

HHI had entered a joint venture with French company Saint-Gobain to launch Hyundai Avancis in Ochang, North Chungcheong Province, to manufacture crystalline silicon-based solar panels in South Korea.

By Kim Yoo-chul yckim@koreatimes.co.kr

Korea Times

Hyundai Heavy Clinches $3.3 Billion Deal to Build Thermal Power Plant in Saudi Arabia

South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) won a $3.3 billion order to build a steam power plant in Saudi Arabia.

Under the deal signed with Saudi Electricity Co., Hyundai will complete the massive facility with a production capacity of 2,640 megawatts by 2017 thermal power plant on a turnkey basis taking responsibility for all processes from design to equipment manufacturing and supply, construction, and pilot operation.

The plant will be located 135 kilometers (85 miles) north of the southwestern Saudi city of Jizan, it said.

HHI is the world's top shipbuilder, but also constructs power and water plants. In October last year, the company won a $3.2 billion order to build a thermal power plant near Jeddah.

"The Middle East region, despite the global slowdown, still invests heavily in infrastructure thanks to high oil prices and steady population and economic growth," Hyundai said.

"We expect more orders in the future from the Saudi government, which puts a top priority on increasing power and water desalination capacity," it added.

Since November last year when the technical bidding has begun, the company has competed fiercely with ten or so world-class construction contractors and was selected as the preferred negotiating partner in May this year. Earlier in October last year, Hyundai Heavy had won a $3.2-billion order from the same Saudi Electricity Company to build a large thermal power plant in Jeddah jointly with Japan's Mitsubishi.

Korea Times / Business Tech

Hyundai Engineering consortium wins US$300 Million deal from Thailand

Hyundai Engineering Co., a leading South Korean industrial plant builder, said Monday its consortium has clinched a US$300 million contract to build manufacturing facilities for a raw material used in biodegradable household detergents in Thailand.

Hyundai Engineering said it and its parent company, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., plan to build the facilities capable of producing 100,000 tons of linear alkylbenzene, a raw material used in biodegradable household detergents.

Yonhap News Agency

Korea Learned Lesson from the Philippines; ready for 20 new Frigates to replace aging patrol corvettes with Hyundai Heavy

Hyundai Heavy launches S. Korean Navy's second frigate

SEOUL, July 18 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. on Thursday unveiled the South Korean Navy's second 2,300-ton frigate with improved warfare capabilities against North Korea.

 A launching ceremony took place at Hyundai Heavy's shipyard in the southeastern city of Ulsan, attended by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy chief and other senior officials.

 The locally made frigate is capable of carrying maritime operations helicopters and equipped with advanced radar system, guns, sonar system as well as anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles, the Navy said. It has a maximum speed of 30 knots (55.6 kilometers/hour) and accommodates up to 120 personnel.

 The naval ship was named after Gyeonggi Province that surrounds the capital Seoul and the western port city of Incheon, which has a strategic importance for defense. The first frigate named Incheon was launched in January.

 The Gyeonggi will be delivered to the Navy next year and deployed for operation in 2015, officials said.

 About 20 frigates will be built to replace the country's aging patrol combat corvettes and escort ships by 2020, the Navy said.

With report from Yonhap News Agency

Hyundai EC wins $697 Million USD part of the $3 Billion USD Turkey- Europe Bridge contract

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara May 7, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Umit Bektas

A consortium led by South Korea's Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co. awarded a $697 million US Dollar contract to build a suspension bridge in Turkey.

The 2.16 kilometer (1.34 mile) bridge across the Bosporus in Istanbul, connecting Europe and Asia, is set to be completed by 2016, Yonhap News reported. The consortium said the bridge, the third such across the strait, would have eight lanes and two rail tracks.

Hyundai EC said it holds a 60 percent stake in the project and its partners, the rest.

New bridge linking Europe and Asia embodies Turkey's rise

On Wednesday Turkey launched construction of a third bridge linking its European and Asian shores, the latest in a slew of multi-billion dollar projects that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan sees as embodying its emergence as a major power.

Erdogan, who has led a decade-long transformation of a once crisis-prone economy into Europe's fastest growing, has prioritized the building frenzy as the nation's infrastructure struggles to keep up with its growth.

With an eye to an election cycle ending in parliamentary polls in 2015, Erdogan called on the Turkish, Italian and Korean firms involved to complete the Istanbul bridge within two years.

"This is how we are building a powerful Turkey," he told a crowd of several thousand people, some waving Turkish flags, who gathered at a construction site on the shores of the Bosphorus strait to the north of Europe's largest city.

"For the seven hills of Istanbul, we have seven grand projects, one is this bridge, a third necklace over the Bosphorus," he said of the $3 billion project, set to be the world's widest and longest combined road and rail bridge.

A huge 150 billion lira ($80 billion) is being invested in projects including a third Istanbul airport, billed to be one of the world's biggest, as well as rail and road tunnels under the Bosphorus, a high-speed train line to the capital Ankara and a shipping canal designed to rival Panama or Suez.

The bridge is meant to ease congestion in the city of 14 million people. Its population was less than 2.5 million when the first Bosphorus Bridge was opened to traffic in 1973.

With the population forecast to hit 17 million and the number of vehicles seen rising to 4.4 million from 3 million within a decade, the government is under pressure to act fast.

Environmental groups have said the highway and airport projects will cause significant damage, leading to the destruction of hundreds of thousands of trees and harming natural water basins, accusations rejected by Erdogan.

OTTOMAN LEGACY

Wednesday's ceremony, timed to coincide with the 560th anniversary of Istanbul's conquest by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, harked back frequently to the Ottoman Empire, which crumbled to be replaced by modern Turkey 90 years ago.

Such references have become commonplace under Erdogan's rule as the country regains prominence across the Middle East, encouraging critics of the authoritarian prime minister to accuse him of behaving like a modern-day sultan.

Hundreds of military officers have been jailed on charges of plotting a coup against Erdogan; others including academics, journalists and politicians are facing trial on similar accusations.

Barred from running for prime minister again, Erdogan is widely expected to bid for a newly empowered presidency in an election next year, cementing his status as Turkey's most significant leader since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern secular republic.

Erdogan frequently embraces Istanbul's imperial past, when the Ottoman Empire sprawled across three continents.

"In all the lands where they were present, the Ottomans left behind creations which conquered the people's hearts. Just like our ancestors we are continuing to write history and leave behind creations," he said.

An Ottoman military band banged drums and smashed cymbals while Erdogan, President Abdullah Gul and their wives said a Muslim prayer before launching the project near the village of Garipce on the European side of the city.

The bridge will be named Yavuz Sultan Selim, commonly known in English as Selim the Grim, whose 16th century reign brought huge expansion in the Ottoman Empire and dominance across the Middle East.

With reports from Big News Network and Reuters

Hyundai Heavy Industries, 20th on the Fortune Global 500 List

Fortune magazine has recently published their new Global 500 List for 2013. With a turn-over of USD 48.8 billion and 38,000 employees, Hyundai Heavy Industry now ranks no. 206 on the 2013 list.

The list rates companies (around the world) based on their total revenues in 2012. Revenues include consolidated subsidiaries and reported revenues from discontinued operations, but exclude excise taxes.

Hyundai Heavy Industry is right on track to grow their business in every major division and in every market around the world. Especially the Construction Equipment and the Shipbuilding divisions look very promising for the coming years. Shipbuilding benefits from the growing demand for fuel efficient, high technology ships. Construction Equipment has recently increased the production capacity and expanded the product range.

Hyundai solar PV targets US and Japan for growth in solar energy market

HHI has supplied many projects with modules over the years, including this 22MW Ukraine PV project.

Only around 18 months ago media reports were claiming that Hyundai Heavy Industries' (HHI) foray into the solar PV market was over. But despite the highly competitive marketplace that has generated an extended period of consolidation, bankruptcies and market exits, HHI is focused on growing its market presence.

Talking exclusively to PV Tech during Intersolar Europe, Sung-Rak Kim, senior vice president and COO of Hyundai Heavy Industries, Green Energy Division detailed how the company was implementing its green energy business plan in which PV would be at its core.

A key aspect to focus on is that HHI is interested in green energy and leveraging its array of technologies and manufacturing capabilities to provide complete energy solutions for residential, commercial and large-scale markets.

Importantly, said Kim, HHI is focusing on certain strengths it believes it enjoys despite the obvious challenge the majority of PV manufacturers have in competing with China-based rivals.

Emphasis is being placed on growing its presence in the US and Japanese markets after building a strong backbone for longer-term success in these markets.

US market

HHI completed UL certification for its PV modules in 2009, and has since gone on to supply high efficiency modules to utility-scale projects and commercial and residential markets in the US.

Kim said HHI's biggest project to date in the US has been the supply of modules for the AVSEII (Arlington Valley Solar Energy II) 142MW DC project which is located on approximately 1,160 acres in Arlington Valley, Arizona.

Currently under construction the PV power plant is expected to start full commercial operation by the end of 2013.

For commercial projects, HHI has teamed with oil giant, Chevron, where both parties are co-marketing HHI modules for public buildings. As the module supplier for these projects, HHI also makes donations to non-profit project owners such as schools, County and Government District bodies under its Community Outreach Program.

Not surprisingly, bankability issues for HHI are not an issue, helping the company to compete effectively in such downstream markets.

With the US market having topped 10GW of cumulative installations, according to the recent analysis from NPD Solarbuzz, the forecast of installations growing to 17GW by the end of 2014, supports Hyundia's strategy to build its business in the US.

Japan market

Kim was quick to explain that Hyundai's other focus on the booming Japanese market had been long in the making and predated the beginning of an attractive FIT in 2012, which has since catapulted Japan to compete with China this year for the largest PV market position.

It was back in 2009 that HHI said it had launched its modules into the Japanese market and received JET certification in 2010 for entry into the commercial market, followed by J-PEC registration required for supplying the residential markets in Japan.

The company now claims to have built a customer base across the downstream business in Japan, which is supporting its growth efforts in the country.

Among its customers is the Eurus Energy Group, one of the top renewable energy players in Japan. HHI recently contracted to supply 47,000 modules for a 4.8MW project within a multi-purpose, multi-functional business park in Misaki, Japan.

The company said that electricity generated from the plant would be sold to Kansai Electric Power and provide electricity to 3,900 households, or about a half of Misaki town's population. The project is said to be completed in August, 2013.

European market

The company acknowledged the impact Chinese low-cost modules had on its business in Europe. Kim noted that nearly 60% of module shipments had previously been to Europe but this had declined to around 20% in the last few years.

The EU anti-dumping duties against China have provided the likes of HHI with an opportunity to supply more modules into the EU market to fill the void left by Chinese producers as they seek to go after China's domestic market and that of Japan.

When asked what capacity the company had and how much capacity could be allocated to Europe the executive declined to give details.

However, he noted that it could potentially increase shipments to Europe from 20% to somewhere between 30-40%, should the European market require HHI's modules.

However, like many companies seeing strong demand for bankable and branded modules in Japan, the European market is struggling to attract its share of higher-end module supply.

Kim reiterated several times in the interview that Hyundai was by nature a conservative company and did not believe that it was not in a position, nor wanted to be seen to be in a position, to take a short-term advantage of the opportunities in EU due to the anti-dumping issue.

"Even though at this time anti-dumping is a big issue, we do not want make an issue of this," noted Kim.

A 'wait and see' approach was more in line with company's culture on this subject, Kim added.

That said it is obvious that Hyundai's brand and high efficiencies are well suited to the European residential market, and a prolonged impact from anti-dumping duties on Chinese producers would strengthen Hyundai's potential position within the region.

R&D activities

HHI reached a milestone last year when its Solar R&D Center in Eumseong, Korea, home to its 600MW of cell and module manufacturing operations, was completed at a cost of US$20.8 million.

Although Kim was hesitant to provide annual spending figures for R&D, the investment in the facility alone would have put Hyundai into the top 10 spenders on R&D in 2012.

The executive noted that the company had had a strong focus on R&D since entering the market but had markedly intensified this since the establishment of the dedicated facility.

As a result, HHI said that it had been successful in achieving a lab efficiency of 20.5% with its large-area, copper-plated p-type PERL cell last year, which was presented at EU PVSEC.

In tandem, HHI also started the development of the mass-production version of its PERL cell, which uses screen-printed contacts retaining compatibility with conventional module assembly processes. A champion cell conversion efficiency of 20.2% was said to have been achieved.

The screen-printed PERL cell was said to incorporate selective-emitter, rear-passivation, and fine-line-metallisation technologies, producing an average efficiency of over 20% in pilot line production.

This converts to a 280W, 60-cell module but Hyundai said that this could be increased to 290W when employing further enhancements to reduce optical losses.

HHI is bullish on its next-generation cell and module technology, which the company said would be launched in 2014, after necessary production tool upgrades are completed.

"We are excited that we will be able to provide to our customers high-power and high-reliability modules that also cost less per watt to produce," noted Kim. "We will launch the product early next year in Europe and target the residential and commercial markets through our [distribution] partners such as MHH in Germany and Segen in the UK."

However, the new R&D centre and engineering departments has been responsible for several important milestones related to further improving the front-side passivation process and lowering the rear-capping costs.

"We are confident that, by the time we start the mass production of our PERL cell next year, we'll see even higher module output powers and lower production costs," added Kim.

Hyundai is therefore focusing on its ability to compete in markets requiring a focus on high-quality and high-performance products while leveraging its bankability and product warranty security to provide long-term assurance to customers.

Next year will be critical to its next-generation product roll-out intended to capture and propel its business within its key served markets.

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Hyundai Merchant Marine to spend US$183 million on bulk carriers

July 10 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., a South Korean shipping firm, said Wednesday that it will spend around 208 billion won (US$183 million) for four new bulk carriers.

In a regulatory filing, the shipper said it has placed a shipbuilding order for the transportation of coals used for power generation.

The ships will be constructed by Hanjin Heavy Industries Co., a local shipbuilder, Hyundai Merchant said.

The shipping firm said it will receive the vessels beginning in 2015, and the vessels will be mobilized for transportation of coals from Canada and Australia to South Korea.

Last month, the country's No. 2 shipping firm said it has secured a 175 billion won deal to transport coal for a local utility firm.

Hyundai Merchant expects additional revenues of up to 900 billion won down the road as well.

Copyright Yonhap News Agency, 2013. All rights reserved. 

Hyundai Heavy to Lift Prices for fuel-efficient vessels on Demand as China Shipyards Falter

Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, about 410 km (255 miles) southeast of Seoul. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

(Bloomberg) — Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., the world's biggest shipbuilder, plans to raise prices as demand for fuel-efficient vessels helps it skirt the global supply glut hurting Chinese yards.

Orders may exceed this year's target of $11.3 billion with about 60 percent of that already met, Ka Sam Hyun, executive vice president in charge of ship sales, said in a July 3 interview. The Ulsan, South Korea-based company plans to raise prices in the second half, he said.

"The big focus right now is on fuel efficiency," Ka said. "At a time when prices have fallen so much, shipping lines seem to be willing to pay a bit more to get better performing ships on time. This is why the top tier shipyards will benefit."

Hyundai Heavy's optimism contrasts with gloom over Chinese shipbuilders. An industry group last week said a third of China's yards may shut down in about five years as they struggle to win orders. South Korean yards, which have dominated the construction of mega ships, are benefiting as lines including A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S order bigger, fuel-efficient vessels.

China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group Holdings Ltd., the country's biggest yard outside state control, slumped to a record in Hong Kong trading on July 5 after saying it's seeking government financial support as orders and prices decline. The company also said it may post a loss in the first half.

Order Book

About 483 shipyards in China won $10.5 billion worth of orders in the first six months of this year, while 94 builders in South Korea won $18.5 billion, according to Clarkson Plc, the world's biggest shipbroker. Chinese yards, who dominate bulk- carrier construction, won 21.2 million deadweight tons of orders in the first half compared with 16.6 million tons for Korean companies, according to Clarkson.

The order book at China's shipbuilders fell 23 percent at the end of May from a year earlier, according to the China Association of National Shipbuilding Industry. One-third of the nation's yards that face the danger of closing have failed to get orders "for a very long period of time," Wang Jinlian, the group's secretary general, said July 4.

The entry of the Philippines as the fourth world's largest shipbuilder would be another threat to china's Shipbuilding Industry. The Philippine economic growth in the first quarter of 2013 surpassed China's economy. Austral Shipbuilder opened its shipyard in Balamban Cebu, Philippines on January 2013 eyeing bulk orders from the Philippine Government.

Hyundai Heavy, which had failed for eight years to win orders from China, signed a contract in May to deliver the world's biggest container ship to China Shipping Container Lines Co. Hyundai Heavy beat Chinese builders for the $683 million deal for five vessels that can each carry 18,400 20-foot boxes.

Sea Conditions

The new ships will use an engine that can automatically control fuel consumption to suit speed and sea conditions, helping improve fuel efficiency while reducing emissions and noise. Delivery will start in the second half of next year.

"We see more orders for bigger ships made by Korean companies," Sarah Wang, a Shanghai-based analyst at Masterlink Securities Corp., said. Shipping lines "require higher levels of technology and fuel efficiency to cut costs."

Since 2010, yards in South Korea delivered all except two of the 144 vessels that can carry more than 10,000 boxes, according to Clarkson.

Hyundai Heavy also benefited from demand for ships to haul liquefied petroleum gas, winning orders for 11 of these vessels this year, Ka said. Each ship has a capacity of more than 60,000 cubic meters. The company's total order target of $11.3 billion for this year includes contracts for its Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. unit and is higher than the $8.6 billion it won last year.

'Still Hungry'

"We are still hungry," Ka said. "We have invested in new technologies and improving existing ones to cut fuel burned by ships. That's because during hard times, shipping lines become more interested in cutting costs whichever way they can."

Chinese shipyards are faltering as orders have tumbled because of the global excess of commodity, oil and container ships. The surplus fleet and a global economic downturn damped cargo rates and deterred owners from ordering more vessels.

The yards face labor unrest as they pare employees. Rongsheng said some workers who were "made redundant" formed a blockade outside the headquarters of the group's production base in Nantong on July 2. The company has sought financial support from the government even as it holds talks with banks for renewing existing credit facilities.

"The Chinese shipbuilding industry is still facing unprecedented challenges," Rongsheng said in a statement. "Demand in the global shipbuilding market has continued to decline and prices for new vessels have failed to rebound."

Chinese yards are trying to offset the plunge in new vessel prices and orders by expanding their oil-rig business. Rongsheng announced in October its first order to make a tender barge while rival Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings Ltd. got its first rig contract in December.

"A lot of the shipyards in China are now shifting their focus on offshore because they can no longer survive by building ships," Park Moo Hyun, an analyst at E*Trade Securities Korea in Seoul, said. "We're going to see a big exodus to offshore from shipbuilding in China. This could be a very good opportunity for Korean shipyards."

Copyright 2013 Bloomberg.

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