Chairman Chung Eui-sun “We will create sustainable, innovative mobility solutions for humanity.”
HMGICS built in Singapore’s Jurong Innovation District… Production, R&D, and customer experience in one place
Capable of producing 30,000 electric vehicles per year, establishing a small quantity production system for multiple vehicles
Hyundai Motor Group Singapore Global Innovation Center (HMGICS)./Provided by Hyundai Motor Group
Hyundai Motor Group is building a human-centered smart urban mobility hub in Singapore and taking on a new challenge toward becoming a 100-year company. As a decision to lead the era of electrification, it is expected to become one of the two axes of Hyundai Motor Group’s innovation along with the Ulsan electric vehicle (EV) plant.
Hyundai Motor Group announced on the 21st that it held a completion ceremony at the ‘Hyundai Motor Group Singapore Global Innovation Center (HMGICS)’ located in the Jurong Innovation District in western Singapore. The completion ceremony was attended by executives including Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Eui-sun, Hyundai Motor Company President Jang Jae-hoon, and President Kim Yong-hwa, as well as key figures from both countries, including Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong and Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Ahn Deok-geun.
Chairman Eui-sun Chung said in his welcoming speech, “Singapore and Hyundai Motor Group have a common innovation DNA that moves toward a better future,” and “Based on this spirit, Hyundai Motor Group seeks to achieve innovation through new, people-centered technologies.” He added, “I am confident that with HMGICS we will be able to create innovative mobility solutions that can bring positive change to human development.”
HMGICS was built on a site of approximately 44,000 m2 in the Jurong Innovation District, with a total floor area of approximately 90,000 m2, two underground floors, and seven above-ground floors. One building is equipped with small-scale manufacturing facilities, workspace for research and development (R&D) and office work, and customer experience facilities.
It began operation early this year and is producing the IONIQ 5 and self-driving robotaxi, and has the capacity to produce more than 30,000 electric vehicles per year. In addition, it has a human-centered manufacturing system that combines cutting-edge technology and a multi-model, small-quantity production system.
Hyundai Motor Group plans to actively utilize Singapore’s excellent foundation to achieve innovation in three areas, including R&D, manufacturing, and business, and secure a sustainable growth engine for the group.
A robot is assembling the IONIQ 5 in Cell. / Provided by Hyundai Motor Group
First, Hyundai Motor Group has built an environment in HMGICS that can quickly respond to various environmental changes and customer needs with a highly automated cell-based flexible production system and a data-based intelligent operation system.
We plan to gradually introduce the manufacturing platform developed and demonstrated here to new global electric vehicle factories, such as HMGMA (Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America) in Georgia, USA, and the Ulsan EV plant, which is scheduled to be completed in 2025.
In addition, we provide customized customer experiences and services optimized for customer needs from ordering to delivery. When customers simply order a vehicle online, HMGICS produces the vehicle according to the customer’s order.
Vehicles that have been manufactured can also be test driven by customers on the 620m-long SkyTrack located on the roof of the building. Transparent glass was applied to some parts of the building, allowing customers to look into the exhibition space from outside.
An IONIQ 5 robotaxi is driving on the Skytrack located on the roof of the building. / Provided by Hyundai Motor Group
Hyundai Motor Group builds close collaborative relationships with universities, government research institutes, companies, and global partners through corporate research institute programs, and continues to strive for technology development.
At the completion ceremony on this day, Hyundai Motor Group signed an MOU with local universities and government research institutes to build Singapore’s future mobility ecosystem through HMGICS. Accordingly, HMGICS is establishing Singapore’s first research center jointly between universities, the government, and companies.
An MOU was signed with the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) to build an industrial ecosystem. Through this, we plan to actively create a sustainable and differentiated future mobility ecosystem based on HMGICS’ innovative manufacturing technology platform.