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Hyundai Heavy Industries

Hyundai Heavy Industries

Industry: 
Construction, Manufacturing, Shipping
Value of USG Contracts: 
39
Symbol: 
KRX:009540
States: 
FL
NJ
TX
Country: 
South Korea
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Hyundai Oilbank and Hyundai Corporation are subsidiaries of Hyundai Heavy.

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"None of the firms targeted are based in the United States. Only one name might appear familiar to American consumers: Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world's largest shipbuilder. However, that company has no connection to the similarly named automaker, said Jim Trainor, a spokesman for Hyundai Motor Co. The group United Against Nuclear Iran has criticized Hyundai Heavy Industries for its dealings with Iran and has faulted the Obama administration for failing to put it on the sanctions list." (The Baltimore Sun, "22 companies are listed for alleged Iran ties, sanctions," 9/17/2012)

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Hyundai Heavy Industries is the world's largest shipbuilder, with a 15% world market share. It also manufactures a variety of industrial, construction, and electrical equipment (Company Website). 

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Hyundai Heavy Industries has received numerous contracts to provide manufactured goods to Iran over the past six years. In 2004, HHI received an $18 million contract to provide construction equipment including excavators and wheel loaders to assist in the development of Iran's South Pars gas field. 

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In 2007, HHI received a $54 million contract to upgrade a refinery owned by the National Iranian Oil Engineering and Construction Co, a state-owned entity. And as recently as 2009, HHI received a contract to provide six high-pressure pump units to outfit an Iranian power plant.

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In 2005, HHI together with Daewoo Shipbuilding received a $1 billion contract from the state-owned National Iranian Oil Tanker Co to build 10 oil tankers (Bloomberg). At the contract’s issuance, NIOTC officials planned to order another 35 vessels for 2010; the status of this order is unknown. Each tanker is capable of carrying 2 million barrels of crude, providing a massive increase in shipping capacity for the Iranian petroleum industry.

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HHI owns a controlling stake in the Hyundai Corporation, a general trading company specializing in a wide variety of shipping, industrial, chemical, and electrical products. Hyundai Corp signed a $1.9 billion contract to provide Iran with materials “in the fields of shipbuilding, machinery, steel & metal, chemicals, home appliances, etc.” Hyundai Corp’s Tehran Office website contains a Major Products section, which contains a litany of sensitive products with wide applicability in the Iranian energy, petroleum, and even defense industries. This products include: oil tankers, LNG carriers, diesel engines, signaling systems, optical cables, conductor wires, high voltage cables, transmission cables, steel, aluminum, zinc, polypropylene, other chemicals, and consumer electronics.