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MOBIS Alabama is a Tier 1 supplier for both Hyundai and KIA Motor. Here at MOBIS, we pride ourselves in producing the best quality product for our customers both internally and externally. We understand our customers comes first in all we do. With this in mind our mission is to continuously improve daily reaching our company business Vision of becoming Global Top 5 Automotive Part Company by 2015 . We strive to be the best in all we do, from producing high quality automotive parts, to being the best company to work for. Driven by our company philosophy “Together for a better future” our objective with our team members hard work and dedication is becoming the best automotive part company in the world.
CEO MOBIS Alabama LLC
MOBIS Alabama, LLC, located in Montgomery, Alabama is a Tier 1 supplier to Hyundai Motors Manufacturing Alabama, LLC (HMMA). MOBIS Alabama (MAL) is a manufacturing facility that assembles modules, and manufactures Bumpers/In Panel(IP). MAL has three major plants, which are Module Plant, Plastic Plant, and Redistribution Center (RDC). MAL supplies to both HMMA and MOBIS Georgia (MAL-GA) based on the products.
MAL Module Plant assembles and provides Cockpit, Front/Rear Chassis Modules to HMMA for Sonata and Elantra Models. Module Plant has 73 UPH, which is the fastest assembly line in the US. IP, which is basically main cover and frame for Cockpit Module, is manufactured in MAL and assembled to the Cockpit Module. MAL supplies IP to HMMA (Sonata, Elantra) and MAL-GA (Optima).
MAL Plastic Plant manufactures bumpers and IP Cores. MAL manufactures molding product of bumpers and paint them in the plastic paint line to finish as end product for bumpers. MAL supplies bumpers to HMMA (Sonata, Elantra) and MAL-GA (Optima, Sorento, Santa Fe). Also, Plastic Plant manufactures IP Cores and supplies to Module Plant.
The Re-Distribution Center (RDC) is US local parts warehousing for after service. RDC receives A/S parts of HMMA/KMMG production vehicle model, and supplies them to dealers in US, Canada, Puerto Rico, etc. after packaging, coating, and merchandising.
MOBIS Alabama, LLC utilize every source in the plant to produce the finished products for HMMA and MAL-GA. Using the cooperative effort of over 700 Team Members, MOBIS Alabama is able to meet the supplier’s demand.
Audio SKD Assembly Line Built
IP Building Expansion (Supply K5 Model)
Paint Line #2 Expansion
UD (Elantra) SOP
Supply Bumpers to MOBIS GA (KMMG)
TS16949 Certification Acquired
CMa (Santa Fe) SOP
YFa (Sonata) SOP
RDC Warehouse Completed (A/S Parts)
Module Building Completed
Plastic Building Completed
MOBIS ALABAMA, LLC Established
MOBIS ALABAMA SETS SIGHTS ON BECOMING A TOP 5 GLOBAL
AUTO PART SUPPLIER
MOBIS Alabama President and CEO Chul Soo Kim has only been in Montgomery and the United States since January 2010, but he’s taken to his new home quite easily.
A brief chat weighing the merits of Korean barbecue vs. Southern barbecue was followed by a more serious discussion of MOBIS Alabama’s past, present and future.
After the initial news broke about Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) coming to Montgomery, wave after wave of exciting economic development announcements concerning its suppliers kept rolling in. MOBIS Alabama was one of those, and in March 2005, the Tier-I supplier began production in its 1 million square-foot-facility. The transition to America was a smooth one, according to Kim.
“When we started production here, our suppliers and vendors were very cooperative,” he said. “It was a great support system. We also had great support from the city and the state, particularly with our work force training. We found a good work force here; it was beyond our expectations.”
Like HMMA, MOBIS Alabama is the first of its kind as the company’s first U.S. facility, and within its walls, three separate divisions build multiple components used by Hyundai and by the new Kia plant in West Point, Ga. MOBIS Alabama includes the Montgomery location and a similar plant in Georgia, which just started production last year and supplies Kia, too. Now, MOBIS also has a plant in Toledo, Ohio, that manufactures chassis modules for Chrysler.
The 800 employees at the Montgomery plant build complete cockpit and chassis modules for HMMA in the module division, and in the plastics division, they manufacture molded and painted bumpers and instrument panels for use by both HMMA and Kia. The third division, the redistribution center, ships service parts to distributors across the nation.
Kim has enjoyed a 25-year-career with MOBIS. He spent most of that time on the research and development side and moved to production in 2006, which eventually led him here. And, so far, he likes what he sees. “The outdoor environment here is very beautiful, so green,” he said. “I’ve not yet experienced all the culture and customs of this area, but I’m looking forward to that.”
A recent change at HMMA, the move of Santa Fe production to the Kia plant in Georgia, won’t have a huge impact at MOBIS Alabama. “We will still make the bumper and instrument panels here and ship them to our Georgia location, which will then assemble them for Kia,” Kim said.
Last October, MOBIS Alabama began producing modules for the 2011 Hyundai Elantra, which will be manufactured at the HMMA facility.
Adjusting to the continual changes in the automotive industry is a key part of success in the business, and Kim feels that MOBIS Alabama is handling what he terms “a balancing act” very well. “The industry changes rapidly, and we must react to those changes to remain competitive,” he said. “Our goal is to become the top 5 global auto part supplier by 2020, and it will be a challenge to do it. Right now, we are ranked 12th.”
If Kim is following the advice of the large banner over his desk, MOBIS Alabama is in the right hands to accomplish that goal. The text is in Korean, but loosely translates to say, “Be diligent every day, and you’ll have no trouble.”
For now, MOBIS Alabama is concentrated on ramping up its production volume for the Sonata and the Elantra. “More than 300,000 vehicles will be built (in 2011),” Kim said. “That’s not bad.”
The company is also expanding its plastics plant by 166,000 square feet to meet the demand for more bumpers and instrument panels as part of a $50.5 million capital investment. The expansion is creating 250 jobs.
“Our recent history shows that MOBIS Alabama has a bright future here,” Kim said. “And we want to build that future with the people of Montgomery.” •
by Jennifer Kornegay