Hyundai Mobis currently employs over 30,000 people. Manufacturing operations are in over 30 locations in 10 countries, including Korea, China, and the U.S. Products include automotive modules (chassis, cockpit and front-end), brakes, suspensions, airbags, lamps, and automotive electronics. R&D headquarters are in Korea with 4 technical centers worldwide, Germany, China, India, and the U.S.
Hyundai Mobis has mass-produced a great number of ADAS technologies and green car components.
In 2018 Hyundai Mobis established a ‘Design Model Workshop’, a cutting-edge design research facility in order to secure a competitive edge in auto component design. It is the first time in Korea that an automotive supplier, rather than a Global Automaker, has launched its own design research facility.
Hyundai Mobis invested around 3 billion Korean Won in building a large-scale design model workshop with a floor area of 430m2 in its R&D center in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do. The design model workshop is equipped with a range of cutting-edge design machines, including a clay model processing machine, which can create a life-size clay car, and a powder 3D printer.
The goal is to assess whether the auto components created by the automotive supplier go well with the design of a car, thereby improving design quality. They will make a clay mockup of a car and fit components created by 3D printers to the car.
Hyundai Mobis plans to create models of new cars and establish an optimal component design process that best suits each car model. The design workshop is expected to facilitate the design process because they can get a car model in the early stage of component design and fabricate and modify samples in a single place. Another merit is that designers can see the design of a real model, rather than simply seeing a virtual one on the monitor.
Hyundai Mobis is expected to respond to customer demand faster and more accurately by actively utilizing the Design Model Workshop. This is because using 3D printers can significantly reduce the time to make a sample, consequently saving development duration and cost. The automotive supplier plans to improve precision by scanning samples with a 360-degree rotating 3D scanner and utilizing data acquired from scanning.
In addition to a faster response, Hyundai Mobis plans to proactively offer component design reflecting the latest trends to customers. One example is the head lamp, one of the key automotive components produced by the company. It will produce various head lamps with a 3D printer and suggest ones that go well with a car to the customer.
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