Hyundai Engineering and Construction

South Korea

“Korean construction firms are paying attention to Iran, the fourth largest client in the global construction market. Responding to the lifting of sanctions against Iran, they are taking swift actions, such as strengthening market survey and preparing to enter the market…Korean construction firms are taking actions behind the curtains while watching international political situations. Hyundai E&C and Daelim, two major constructors in Korea, have operated a local office in Tehran where Korean and Iranian employees work together in order to re-enter the Iranian market at some point. An official from a large construction firm said, ‘Since gaining trust from a client is very important in the Middle East, Korean construction firms have maintained relationships (with Iranian clients) even after sanctions.’ Kwon Myeong-gwang, an ICAK manager in charge of Iran and Kuwait markets, said, ‘Iran is a big market, and projects that couldn’t be embarked on due to economic sanctions may come to the market all at once,’ adding, ‘Construction of oil and gas facilities is promising.’” (The Dong-A Ilbo, “Will thawing sanctions against Iran boost construction business?” 2/2/14)


“Construction shares are showing strength on the news of the Iranian government reaching an agreement with six world powers to curb its nuclear activities in return for about $7 billion in sanctions relief, after days of intense talks in Geneva. At 9:18 am on November 25, the shares of Daelim Industrial were traded at 98,000 won, up 4.59 percent from the previous day's 93,700 won. Other construction shares such as Byucksan Engineering & Construction (14.92%), Namkwang Engineering & Construction (12.27%), Daewoo Engineering & Construction (3.23%), Sungjee Co. (3.13%), and Hyundai Engineering & Construction (1.47%) also increased by a large clip. The KOSPI construction industry index rose 2.99 percent, the highest among all other industrial sectors.” (The Korean Economic Daily, “Construction Shares Rise on the Back of Iran Nuclear Deal,” 11/26/13)


“Hyundai Engineering & Construction (Hyundai E&C), the nation’s largest construction firm, has successfully diversified its business portfolio to maintain steady growth in the ever-uncertain global market. Hyundai traditionally focused on civil engineering, but has added power plants and electricity supply networks in recent years. Its diversified business areas ensure that they will complement each other, said the company…Hyundai’s big break in plant making came in 2005, when it completed a gas processor near the South Pars Gas Field in Iran. Worth $1.6 billion, and utilizing 18,300 workers daily, the construction giant finished the project in 35 months, a record for a project that size, according to the company. ‘We became the contractor that many sought for gas processors after the success of the project,’ said the Hyundai spokesman.” (Korea Times, “Hyundai E&C diversifies portfolio,” 4/25/13)