Neu-Isenburg. 9th December 2021 – Premium tyre maker Hankook is to partner with Hapag-Lloyd AG, the world’s fifth largest liner shipping company, to strengthen its logistics capabilities. Hapag-Lloyd AG is a German company established in 1847 that provides liner services between all continents and operates 257 modern ships.
Currently, ocean freight is in the midst of a crisis. The global shortage of shipping containers, primarily caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to severe port congestions and all-time high freight prices. In order to pull through these difficult times, Hankook has signed a long-term contract with Hapag-Lloyd. A significant step based on a close partnership of more than 20 years between Hankook and the German shipping company.
The signing ceremony took place at the Hankook headquarters’ Technoplex on December 7 2021. The agreement was signed in presence of Sooil Lee, CEO of Hankook Tire & Technology, Jongho Park, Chief Administrative Officer of Hankook Tire & Technology, Hans Schaefer, Senior Managing Director Region Asia of Hapag-Lloyd, and Minkyu Choi, President of Hapag-Lloyd Korea.
Under the agreement, Hapag-Lloyd will provide a stable supply of shipping containers as well as sustainable logistics services from 2022 to 2024. Hapag-Lloyd is also an environmentally oriented company that seeks to conserve global resources and protect the environment in line with Hankook’s dedication to sustainability.
“We are delighted to partner with Hapag-Lloyd in this long-term agreement that will help enhance Hankook’s export capacity and stabilise our global supply chain amid a volatile environment,” says Sooil Lee, President and CEO of Hankook Tire & Technology. “We believe this strategic cooperation will ensure a resilient ecosystem which will further fortify our global competencies, especially in times of uncertainty.”
Currently operating in over 180 countries, Hankook will continue to grow the business by quickly adapting to a fast-changing market and driving both quantitative and qualitative growth.
Caption: (from left to right) Hans Schaefer, Senior Managing Director Region Asia of Hapag-Lloyd and Sooil Lee, CEO of Hankook Tire & Technology taking a photo at the signing ceremony on December 7 2021.