[Inside Hyosung People] New Technology Furnished by Passion

전하다/Webzine(English) 2017.04.21 11:07




In 2016, Hyosung attained its largest achievement by marking an operating profit over 1 trillion KRW. Technology Management oriented toward customers, and its core engine, the passion of Hyosung People is second to none, the key ingredient of such achievement. Here are the stories of two individuals who epitomize the compassion toward the best technology, Section Chief SON Joon-ho, Core Technology Team 2, R&D Center, Power & Industrial Systems PU, and Senior Manager KWON Pil-joo, Solution Business Team, Hyosung Information Systems PU.




 Part 1. Section Chief SON Joon-ho, Core Technology Team 2, R&D Center, Power & Industrial Systems PU

“Technical Innovation is Hyosung’s DNA for success”





Section Chief SON Joon-ho, driven by the passion to create better products than advanced competitors, is planning to be more devoted to technological development in the field of materials.


Gain Competitive Advantage with Development of Coating Materials.


Hyosung has lead investment in industrial research and development by founding Hyosung R&C Center in 1971 and Power & Industrial Systems PU R&D Center in 1978. These efforts are the groundwork of the current status as a global market leader. Section Chief SON Joon-ho, the winner of the 2016 Golden Performance Award for Technological Development is also a contributor for technological development.


“Our team had a clear goal. We were possessed to develop a 420kV Compact GIS with a volume and footprint significantly smaller than advanced competitors. We gathered together and focused on developing a new coating material considering that insulation is the blueprint to size reduction.”


Since July 2017, he and his team committed themselves to develop a new coating material for over one and a half year. They went through intensive technical research, specificity evaluation and repeated tests on selected materials. Additional tests, not defined by the specification were also performed to eliminate any doubt in applying new materials. Test criterion were stringent than ever to attest the reliability of the new material.


Such efforts were rewarding. They successfully developed ETFE, a new coating material providing a 10% increased insulation than the existing epoxy products. 


“Eventually we derived ETFE Coating material and its production process. This allowed us to reduce 20% in size of a GIS. We also secured the required dielectric strength which is essential to weight reduction. Our team, complementing and supporting each other, made it work.” 


With the “Pride of Hyosung People”, Sole path of an Engineer.


For Section Chief SON, this development task was a mountain to conquer, and a growing opportunity to widen his vision to the field of power systems. Now he is driven by the passion to create better products than advanced competitors.


“I first started my career analyzing technical services. From 2013, I suggested research topics to develop new materials and investigate point of improvement in the perspective of material, and focused on identifying needs. Thanks for this project, I now long to be an expert of power systems materials. This increases my pride as a Hyosung People, and my love to the products.”


Mass production of the newly developed material has not commenced yet, which leaves an empty spot on his research achievement, however it is his endless passion which fills that void.


“We are still attesting its performance. This new technology can be adapted to all existing lines of products, and we are planning to gradually apply this technology beginning from newly developed products. Furthermore, I will devote more of my desire in the development of new materials.”


Only those who overcome their fear will evolve through continuous innovation. Innovation is not granted to those who praise themselves for success and blame others for failure, because of their fear of failure. The success DNA of Section Chief SON Joon-ho, who is not afraid of failure, the technical innovation it will breed in the future, is something to look forward to.




 Part 2. Senior Manager KWON Pil-joo, Solution Business Team, Hyosung Information Systems PU

“Suggest the Optimal Solution from the Shoes of Customers”





The phenomenal innovation of information technology including Mobile, Cloud, IoT, and artificial intelligence is changing the landscape of business. Accordingly, Senior Manager KWON Pil-joo is reading the trend of new technologies and suggesting the optimal solutions satisfying corporate needs in the age of information.


The Age of Information, A Man Reading the Trend.


Appended with the recent development of Information Technology, the rapid digitalization of conventional industry is changing the perspective of corporate strategies, processes and business to capitalize on a digitized foundation. Establishing a sophisticated IT infrastructure to facilitate such digitalization is more emphasized than ever. Senior Manager KWON Pil-joo of the Hyosung Information Systems PU, who is responsible for storage business is a Product Manager identifying contemporary technological trends and customer needs and establishing appropriate solution development strategies. He is required to exquisitely respond to modern technological trends in the customers’ and technology’s perspective including overall storage business planning, promotion, marketing and sales consulting.


“Whenever a new product or new technology is introduced to the market, I try to determine the background of such introduction, thus, I look for the trend. For instance, there was merely no information of flash storage in the domestic market up to 2 years ago. I had to search through the internet and gather information pieces by pieces by myself. Since then the demand of flash products increased in the B2B market, and I was able to address in-house and external lectures based on the information I had complied.”


Senior Manager KWON’s efforts to cement his expertise payed off in various aspects including providing technical support to engineers and consulting sales personnel. As a reward to his devotion he received the HIS Best Employee of the Year Award last year. He recently appeared in internet platforms such as ‘Talk-I’ and ‘TechSuda Dolive TV’ to introduce All Flash Storage Technology to gain the attention of the industry.


“I was fortunate enough to experience the extreme attention toward flash storage. I hope to have more opportunities to pass along diverse Information Technologies with different types of media in a friendly fashion.” 


The Passion to Embrace New Challenges


Last February, Hitachi Data Systems, an affiliate of Hyosung Information Systems PU delivered an All-Flash Storage to LS Cables & Systems. Benefiting from the growth of Big Data and Social Network environments, now flash storage, which is faster in speed and economic in power consumption with a smaller size, is facing increased demand. Senior Manager KWON Pil-joo is focused on providing a better understanding of the solutions available from Hyosung Information Systems PU, and helping it capitalize from such solutions.


“It is not difficult to find customers who need storage but do not actually grasp the concept of storage. It is important to translate our products to the language and perspective of customers.”


Senior Manager KWON is paying attention to Cloud Technology and is seeking the possibility in products applying cloud technology. It has not been easy for him to keep track on recent trends for over twenty years in the IT industry where new keywords are suggested every other day. However, he believes his engine of development is the joy from experiencing and learning new technologies. Therefore, it is obvious that Senior Manager KWON Pil-joo’s role model is Hu Yoshida, the Chief Technology Officer of Hitachi Data Systems.


“Even in his late 70’s, he regularly posts IT trends and new products on his blog. He is not shy on giving his two sense on developing products, and it is admiring that he is still active in the field. I hope to help read trends in the customers’ and technology’s perspective and help developing new products to be a part of the growth of Hyosung Information Systems PU.”


The phenomenal innovation of information technology including Mobile, Cloud, IoT, and artificial intelligence is changing the landscape of business. Accordingly, Senior Manager KWON Pil-joo is reading the trend of new technologies and suggesting the optimal solutions satisfying corporate needs in the age of information.


Written by | SHIN Gyeong-hwa, AHN Shin-hye

Photo | HAN Soo-jeong, PARK Hae-joo (Day40 Studio)

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