SOUTH KOREA: New plant opened by Doosan Infracore

Doosan Infracore has officially opened a new plant at Gunsan in Jeonbuk province, South Korea, for production of the largest models in the company’s excavator and wheel loader ranges.

The new plant, which increases the company’s global production capacity by nearly 10%, is responsible for manufacturing the six largest excavator models and the four largest wheel loader models.

Built on a 610,000 m2 site, the new plant is the result of a almost US$100 million investment which forms part of Doosan’s strategy to become a world leading construction machinery manufacturer.

With Gunsan in full production, the company will have a global production capability of around 45,000  construction machines a year, adding 4,000 units by the Gunsan plant to the 13,000 machines produced by the company’s Incheon plant, the 25,500 units produced by the Yantai plant in China and the 2,500 machines made in Belgium.

Designed to set the global standard for a production plant, the Gunsan facility is based on the concept of three “no’s” – no defects, no storage and no forklifts.

Defects are prevented by the combination of an automatic welding facility and double quality control checks, while sharing real-time production systems with parts companies eliminates the need for parts storage.

In addition, no forklift trucks are needed in the plant thanks to an automatic transportation facility that provides a safe and pleasant working environment for the employees.

The Gunsan plant is located near Gunsan New Port and the Seohaean Expressway, simplifying export of the finished products from the plant to their destinations and significantly reducing logistics costs.

The opening ceremony was attended by Wan Ju Kim, the Governor of Jeonbuk, who joined Y.H. Park, the Doosan chairman, and an audience of around 100 domestic and overseas dealers and customer representatives.

In his welcome speech, Y.H. Park said: “The Gunsan plant will grow to become the core of the Doosan construction machine business together with China’s Yantai plant.  It will create new jobs for about 1600 people, including the cooperative companies, by 2014, and also contribute to local economic development.”