Eco- Friendly Initiatives at Kumho Tire
Kumho Tire recognizes its responsibility to preserve nature and protect the environment for today and the future by taking proactive steps toward research and eco-friendly management efforts set with global standards.
BS 7750 Certificate
Environmental Management Model Certificate
Environmental Management Award
ISO 14001(EMS = Environmental Management System)
KUMHO TIRE`S ENVIRONMENTAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT REPORT
ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY GOK-SUNG FACTORY
Kumho Tire`s Gok-Sung factory is located on the upper part of the Sum-Jin River, an area where nature is in its purest form. It is the home of many wild animals and fish. In an effort to preserve the wildlife and the beauty of the surrounding area, Kumho Tire has pledged to prevent the pollution of the river with a reverse osmosis facility that recycles waste water and consistently monitors pollution levels. In addition, the factory operates facilities that diminish air pollutants. Industrial waste is completely separated to recycle useful resources and to incinerate synthesized rubber waste and defective tires. During the process, steam is also reused to save energy. The surrounding areas of the water treatment facilities have been created into a scenic park for nearby residents.
In its endeavor to protect the environment and save energy, Kumho Tire continues to develop pollution-free and energy conserving materials in its product design and development.
HA OIL-FREE PRODUCTS
HA (High Aromatic) oil refers to the untreated DAE (Distillate Aromatic Extract), which is vacuum-distilled crude oil. When used excessively, such as in the auto industry, HA oil causes environmental pollution. Kumho Tire has begun to develop and implement HA oil-free technology.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE TIRE
Kumho Tire believes that the next generation of tires should display excellence in performance, safety and environmental awareness. Years of research and investments have led to the development of the ECOTRON tire for electric vehicles. Unlike ordinary tires, silica, a new type of anti-impact material, and special carbon black are used. This cutting-edge combination results in a lower rolling resistance of up to 45% and a reduced combustion rate of almost 10%, which in turn reduces the amount of pollutant emissions into the air.
EL MARK CERTIFIED
Kumho Tire continues to crusade for the environment by developing new products and implementing various recycling efforts. Two special environmentally sound products, the Solus and Power Racer II tires, are certified with EL Markings from the Environment Labeling Association in Korea. Eco-conscious endeavors include reducing the weight of tires, which is not only cost-efficient but also key in lowering the total volume of used tires. Improving tire abrasion performance has also extended the tire`s life cycle. In overall production, use of hazardous primary and secondary materials has been substantially minimized.