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The history of Taihan Taihan, a history of remarkable growth

Taihan has made its name known all over the world through
constant challenge and innovation. The experience and know-how
of Taihan has accumulated over a long period of time are strong
competitive edge and valuable assets for creating a better future.

The past 70 years have been a time of transforming the impossible into possible
and imagination into reality for Taihan.
Now, let us introduce the journey of creations and achievements that
Taihan has silently accomplished through challenges and market exploitations.

The history of Taihan

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  1. 2020 ~ Present NEW TAIHAN IN HOBAN

    In 2021, Taihan entered a new phase with its incorporation into Hoban Group.
    Taihan presents a blueprint to grow into the world's best cable & solution company
    based on a stable and transparent governance structure,
    and continues its efforts for sustainable growth.
    With the spirit of challenge for a better future,
    the new history of Taihan has begun now.

    2022

    1. 06Acquired A- in Korea's credit rating
      by Korea Enterprise Rating.
    2. 05Published Corporate Governance Charter.

    2021

    1. 10The only cable industry to acquire ESG
      integrated grade A
    2. 05Changed company name in English into
      Taihan Cable & Solution Co., Ltd.
    3. 05Acquired by Hoban
    4. 05Established ESG committee and ESG organizational system.
    5. 03Selected as 'Outstanding Quality Performance Award'
      by PG&E, a US electric power company
    6. 01Established Taihan Kuwait, a Kuwait optical cable production corporation.

    Acquired by Hoban

    Selected as 'Outstanding Quality Performance Award' by PG&E

    2020

    1. 12Selected as a 'Top Quality Power Manufacturer‘
      by KEPCO for two consecutive years
    2. 02Established BCP (Business Continuity Planning)

    Selected as a 'Top Quality Power Manufacturer' by KEPCO
    for two consecutive years

  2. 2010 ~ 2019 Turning Crisis into Opportunity

    In 2011, Taihan built the world's largest plant in Dangjin and established subsidiaries and branches
    in the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East, etc. to become a global company with competitive edge.
    Although Taihan faced a management crisis, but wisely overcame and turned the crisis into
    A stepping stone for leaps and bounds by establishing a new vision,
    management philosophy, and mid-to-long term strategies, etc.

    2019

    1. Developed eco-friendly PP cable (22.9kV)
    2. 11Selected by the Top Quality Power Manufacturer
      by KEPCO
    3. 06Designated as a national core technology
      (power cable system of 500kV or higher).
    4. 04Founded Taihan Netherlands, Netherlands sales corporation

    Selected as a 'Top Quality Power Manufacturer' by KEPCO

    2018

    1. 09Declared V2025, the mid-to-long term management plan

    2017

    1. 12Selected as a certified family-friendly company
    2. 10Declared new CI
    3. 09Established new concept of talent
    4. 06Obtained the offshore wind power distribution submarine cable order in southwestern sea
    5. 04Proclaimed ethical management
    6. 02Established SAUDI Taihan, a joint venture
      in Saudi Arabia

    Declared new CI

    Obtained the offshore wind power distribution submarine cable order in southwestern sea

    Proclaimed ethical management

    Established Saudi Taihan

    2016

    1. 07Established Taihan Vina, a production base
      in Vietnam
    2. 01Acquired TEC & Co.

    Established Taihan VINA

    2015

    1. 09Taken over by IMM PE

    2014

    1. 12Produced ACCC dual capacity transmission

    ACCC

    2013

    1. 09Developed Korea's first ultra-low loss optical fiber
    2. 07Received the Order of Appreciation from the
      Russian Federation Electricity Corporation (FSK)
    3. 07Developed Korea's first signal transmission cable
      for train control
    4. 07Developed Korea's first slim UTP cable
    5. 06Started Korea's first commercial operation of
      500kV extra-high voltage cable in Russia

    Received the Order of Appreciation from the Russian Federation Electricity Corporation (FSK)

    2012

    1. 11Developed world's first 400km/h high-speed electric automotive wire
    2. 10Launched new Bus-duct product
    3. 09Developed and produced Eco Gel-free optical cable
    4. 04Passed Korea's first the PQ test for 500kV
      extra-high-voltage cable
    5. 01Qualified as the first Korean vendor of ECO cable
      in the Japanese market

    Launched new Bus-duct product

    2011

    1. 11Won order of 500kV-class extra-high-voltage cable from Russia for the first time in Korea
    2. 07Produced Korea's first heating cable
    3. 05Began producing extra-high-voltage cable
      in Dangjin plant
    4. 05Built Dangjin plant transferred facilities, and began full operation
    5. 03Optomagic developed Korea's first in mass-producing the bending-reinforced optical fiber

    Won order of 500kV-class EHV cable

    Dangjin Plant

    Began full operation of Dangjin Plant

    2010

    1. Received an Award of Gratitude for contributions in smart grid business from The Ministry of Knowledge and Economy and KEPCO
    2. 11Received the Prime Minister's Award on the 47th Trade Day
  3. 2000 ~ 2009 Growing through Change

    Taihan established overseas production corporations in Vietnam and South Africa and incorporated branches in major countries
    to become one of the world’s top 10 comprehensive cable companies.
    Despite the rapidly changing internal and external environment, Taihan did not hesitate to take on new challenges,
    but rather, wisely overcame numerous crises to continue to facilitate the more rapid growth.

    2009

    1. 12Optomagic, Developed subsidiary
      and nano-optical fiber
    2. 10Developed Korea's first extra-high-voltage
      polymer composite bushing
    3. 09Established Saudi joint venture corporation STCC
    4. 04Succeeded in commercializing Korea's first
      400kV thread insulation cable

    2008

    1. 10Held a groundbreaking ceremony
      for the new Dangjin plant

    Groundbreaking ceremony for the new Dangjin plant

    2007

    1. 11Won the $1 bil. export award on the 4th Trade Day
    2. 09Built Dangjin Cable Accessory Plant

    Won the $1 bil. export award

    Built Dangjin Cable Accessory Plant

    2006

    1. Built third extra-high-voltage VCV
    2. 12Purchased DR Congo's fixed-line telecom operator Congo Korea Telecom
    3. 10Founded Taihan ST by spinning off the stainless steel division
    4. 09Established Taihan Global Holdings LTD. (Hong Kong)

    2005

    1. 12Founded Taihan Techren, a solar power accessory company
    2. 11Established TSC, a production base in Vietnam
    3. 11Won the $700 mil. export award on the 42nd Trade Day
    4. 01Developed 400kV XLPE power cable and accessories (KEMA certified)

    Established TSC

    2004

    1. Developed the integrated FTTH solution

    2003

    1. 06Installed the pressurized 345kV XLPE underground
      power line between Yeongseo and Yeongdeungpo

    Korea's first 345kV XLPE underground power line

    2002

    1. 06Developed and commercialized
      345kV XLPE power cable and accessories

    2001

    1. 10Developed 345kV XLPE power cable
    2. 03Developed Korea's first OIP bushing for transformers
    3. 02Earned the ISO 14001
      environmental management certification

    2000

    1. 12Acquired UL certification for UTP cable
    2. 12Founded Taihan USA, US sales corporation
    3. 10Earned ISO 9001 certification on extra-high-pressure underground cable, aerial power transmission line, and OPGW
    4. 09Founded M-TEC, a South African cable affiliate
    5. 07Established Optomagic by spinning off optical fiber division

    Established M-TEC

  4. 1990 ~ 1999 Expanding into the Global Market

    In 1964, Taihan started exporting electric wires and cables for the first time
    in Korea and continuously knocked on the door of overseas markets and
    achieved results in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
    However, Taihan did not stop there, but pioneered advanced markets such as the United States,
    Australia, and Japan and enhanced national competitive edge
    as well as laid a foothold to grow into a global company.

    1999

    1. Developed epoxy bushing for experimental
      high-voltage transmission line
    2. 12Earned the KT Mark for electric wave field low-loss optical fiber

    1998

    1. Succeeded in commercializing Korea's first multifiber mechanical optical connector
    2. 02Developed non-zero dispersion shifted fiber

    1997

    1. Developed aerial extra-high-voltage bundled
      cable-waterproof (ABC-W)
    2. Developed ribbon-type optical cable
    3. 11Received the $500 mil. export award on the 34th Trade Day

    EHV cable export site

    1996

    1. Acquired ISO 9001 certification in cable accessory
    2. 11Built new VCV tower and
      extra-high-voltage cable factory
    3. 01Developed high-strength TACSR/AW and
      765kV OPGW

    Acquired ISO 9001 certification in cable accessory

    Built new VCV tower and
    extra-high-voltage cable factory

    1995

    1. Developed super thermal-resistant aluminum-aloy conduction, invar-reinforced (STACIR)
    2. Developed 765kV ACSR/AW 480 SQMM (cardinal)
    3. Developed 345kV and 765kV AWS
      for overhead ground wire

    1994

    1. 12Developed 345kV OPGW
    2. 02Began stainless steel business

    1993

    1. Developed the electronic watt hour meter
    2. 12Earned Korea's first ISO 9001 certification
      in watt hour meter

    1992

    1. Localized 1E-class cable for nuclear power plants
    2. 11Commercialized 345kV OF cable

    Commercialized 345kV EHV OF cable

    1991

    1. 11Expanded SCR production, the largest ever in Korea

    Expanded SCR production

  5. 1980 ~ 1989 Building a Foundation for Growth

    In the 1980s, under the slogan of “The Second Startup,”
    Taihan laid the foundation for growth by building facilities for manufacturing cables
    For electric power and communication and cable materials, etc. in the Anyang plant.
    In particular, Taihan focused its company-wide capabilities on strengthening
    technology and expertise by introducing extra-high voltage cable
    production facilities and launching a technology research center, etc.

    1989

    1. Developed Korea's first PPLP insulated 345kV
      OF cable
    2. 12Developed optical fiber cable for emergency and 154kV OF cable accessories

    Developed optical fiber cable for emergency and
    154kV OF cable accessories

    1988

    1. Developed submarine optical fiber cable and
      leakage coaxial cable
    2. Developed Korea's first Kraft insulated 345 kV
      OF cable
    3. 09Developed high-foamed coaxial cable for CATV

    Siheung Plant

    1987

    1. 10Localized extra-high-voltage OF cable accessories
    2. 07Began manufacturing optical fiber ground wire (OPGW)
    3. 06Acquired the KS Mark for automotive wire & cable

    132kV EHV OF Cable in Saudi

    EHV OF Cable Accessories

    1986

    1. Won the Prime Minister's Award on the Day of Post & Telecommunication for contributing to the development of the national key communication network

    Taihan Office Building

    1985

    1. Developed Korea's first 154kV single core lead-sheathed OF cable
    2. Exported Korea's first 132kV XLPE power cable
    3. Developed ASP cable
    4. 12Developed 345kV OF power cable
    5. 11Acquired Korea's first the UL certification for
      THHN and THWN
    6. 09Supplied optical fiber cable for Seoul Olympics communication network

    Exported Korea's first 132kV XLPE cable

    1984

    1. Produced 154kV XLPE insulated cable
    2. Acquired the UL certification for
      shielded wire and feeder wire
    3. 10Built the Anyang optical fiber cable factory
    4. 06Produced Korea's first multiple and single mode long wavelength optical fiber cable

    Built the Anyang optical fiber cable factory

    1983

    1. Built the VCV EHV power cable factory in Anyang
    2. Produced Korea's first foam skin
      communication cable
    3. 11Established the Technology Research Center
    4. 08Exported Korea's first OF power cable (to Malaysia)

    Built the VCV EHV cable factory in Anyang

    Built the VCV EHV cable factory in Anyang

    Foam Skin Communication Cable

    Exported Korea's first EHV OF cable to Malaysia

    Established the Technology Research Center

    1982

    1. 04Completed the world's first 154kV POF power line replacement

    Completed the world's first 154kV POF power line replacement

    1981

    1. 04Produced Korea's first cables for nuclear power plants

    1980

    1. 11Built Anyang SCR (Southwire Continuous Rod) factory
      and began production
    2. 06Installed Korea's first underground power transmission line (between Gaebong and Oryu)

    Built Anyang SCR factory

  6. 1941 ~ 1979 Becoming a standard for the Korean Cable industry

    The history of Taihan began with Chosun Electric Wire,
    the first electric wire company in Korea established in 1941.
    Inheriting the legacy of Chosun Electric Wire,
    which lit the first light in the history of Korean electric wire industry,
    Taihan laid the foundation for industrial development as a pioneer
    in the electric wire industry and introduced Korean electric wire products
    to the global market for the first time.

    1979

    1. Developed a screen cable
    2. 12Installed the first optical cable line in Korea between Gwanghwamun Gate and Central Telephone Office

    1978

    1. 09Built the world's 8th EHV OF cable plant
      in Anyang
    2. 02Developed Korea's first optical fiber

    Built the EHV OF cable factory in Anyang

    1976

    1. 04Produced Korea's first standard coaxial cable
    2. 03Produced Korea's first 154kV OF cable

    Communication cable production line in Anyang Plant

    Developed Korea's first optical fiber

    Produced Korea's first 154kV OF cable

    1975

    1. Built Anyang cable plant

    Base metal plant at Siheung

    Taihan coperate flags

    1974

    1. Acquired UL and CSA certification for the first time
      in Korea

    1972

    1. Produced aluminum compression conductor power cables

    1970

    1. Produced Korea's first 345kV ACSR
    2. 07Produced Korea's first communication cable
      for field operation

    Siheung Plant

    1969

    1. Produced Korea's first 33kV XLPE insulated cable
    2. Produced an integrated watt-hour meter
    3. Received Prime Minister's Commendation on Export Day
    4. 05Produced Korea's first SteelPass communication cable

    Produced Korea's first communication cable for field operation

    Siheung Plant

    1968

    1. 12Listed on the stock exchange and IPO

    Listed on the stock exchange and IPO

    1966

    1. 02Produced Korea's first aluminum wire

    1965

    1. Produced Korea's first small diameter coaxial cable (1.2/4.4mm)

    1964

    1. 12Acquired Korea's first KS mark for cables
    2. 01Started Korea's first exporting cables
      (to Vietnam and Taiwan)

    1961

    1. 02Produced Korea's first lead-sheathed communication cable

    Siheung Plant

    1959

    1. 12Produced Korea's first copper smelting and
      rolling mill

    Produced Korea's first copper smelting and rolling mill

    1957

    1. Produced plastic insulated power cable
    2. 02Produced PVC jacket cable

    1955

    1. 02Established Taihan Electric Wire Co., Ltd.

    1941

    1. Established Chosun Electric Wire Co., Ltd.
      (The first electric cable company in Korea)

    Korea's first electric cable company

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