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07/11/2018

Customers Visit Doosan Infracore HQ in Korea

As you will remember, a group of French customers visited Korea last March 2018 to understand more about Doosan Infracore, and Doosan Group in general, as well as to learn about a new culture. Since we received such positive feedback − and requests from dealers and customers! − we decided to arrange a second trip to Korea.

 

Autumn in Korea is the best season for a visit, and we were very lucky to make all of the arrangements in September. From 9 - 14 September, 14 customers and dealers from Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, along with 4 DIEU internal colleagues, visited 2 Doosan production plants and 1 plant in Changwon where Doosan Heavy Industry is primarily focused. In addition to the factory visits, there were plenty of opportunities to experience Korean culture and to spend quality time with Doosan Infracore’s top management team.

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Due to the difference in time zones, all participants were requested to arrive on Sunday in order to experience the least jet-lag. The participants from the 3 countries gathered together to get acquainted and prepare for the program in Seoul and Busan. Climbing up to the top of Seoul’s N Tower was not so challenging in such great weather (without any micro-dust) − and from the tower we could enjoy Seoul’s colorful night time in a beautiful panoramic view.

On Monday, we visited the Incheon plant, which is very important for Doosan’s mid-range excavators (under 30 ton) and our own branded engine. Mr. Derek Dongwook Lee (R&D Senior Vice President, Doosan Infracore) welcomed us and gave a general introduction to Doosan Group and Doosan Infracore. The Doosan History Museum was opened just recently, so we had the chance to see how Doosan Group was founded and how it has developed its business to become one of the 10 biggest conglomerates in the world.

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In the afternoon, we changed our appearance completely: we wore traditional Korean costumes and walked in the center of Seoul city, where modern and traditional architectures complement each other. Thanks to the good weather, the walk in Gyeongbokgung Palace − the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty − was refreshing. What a unique experience!

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The next day, we visited the DMZ (demilitarized zone) between South and North Korea. This is a unique spot in the world, as Korea is the only country to call a truce while not terminating a war. However, during the past several months, there has been some movement toward peace between South and North Korea − and because this is a hot topic for everyone, this visit was all the more meaningful. After visiting the DMZ and Dorasan station − the last train station in South Korea before entering North Korean territory − we had the opportunity to go inside the undergroud tunnel, which was discovered by chance in the 1980s.

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With a great view of North Korea, we had Bulgogi for lunch, and we took a break with traditional Korean tea. While Germany had similar situation several decades ago, there were lots of questions and comments while tea time.

Some of us visited the Doota Duty Free shop (Doosan Group’s own duty free shop and a relatively new business for Doosan Group), which is located next to Doota (Doosan Group’s HQ) in Seoul. Then, we all headed to the restaurant, where Mr. JS (Jongseon) Ahn (Head of Heavy Business, Doosan Infracore) welcomed us in person, with Mr. TK (Taekeun) Choi (AMPS Vice President, Doosan Infracore), Mr. Changyoung Shim (Global PM & Marketing Director, Doosan Infracore), and Mr. Jaeyeon Cho (Strategy & Digital Innovation Director, Doosan Infracore). A great chance to build new network connections, to discuss regional needs, and to develop more cooperation and good business relations with HQ ... over delicious food!

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On our 4th day, we went to Gunsan, where large excavators (over 30 ton) are produced. The Gunsan plant is ideally located just 2 minutes by car from Gunsan’s harbor, from which the excavators are shipped. The DX800LC, which is not supplied in the European market, is a true eye-catcher − and the Gunsan team prepared the machine for a closer look.

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We spent our last day in the southern part of the country. Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction’s HQ, along with its production, is located in Changwon. Doosan’s various businesses − such as the Power Plant, Green Energy, and the Seawater Desalination Plant − are very interesting to see, and these gave our customers more understanding about Doosan’s overall business as well as its vision.

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Our remaining several hours were spent in Busan, Korea’s second largest city, located in the southeast. A sumptuous menu with all kinds of seafood was perfect for concluding this journey with appreciation for each other. Some guests tested their courage by trying live mini-octopus! Yes, different culture and different lifestyle! Having spent these days together, the group achieved good closure, and the last night was not long enough to exchange all of the feedback!

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To experience even more, the German group stayed in Busan one extra day. We visited the oldest traditional fish market, where you discover a different facet of life in Korea. This was literally culture shock for our German visitors. They took photos non-stop and tried lots of Korean street food (finger food in buffet). For the first time, they held a 5 kg lobster in their hands and watched the live sashimi show in the fish market. Lots of fun and pure surprise!

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Simply seeing how satisfied and impressed our guests were, without saying any words, made us very happy and motivated us to plan the next trip to Korea, filled with experiences of both Doosan and Korea itself. We will be very pleased to welcome you on our next trip in 2019!

 

 
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