An industrial conglomerate chaebol, Kumho Tires manufactures a full range of tires under the Kumho and Marshal brands.
Kumho Tires runs three manufacturing facilities in South Korea: the Pyeongtaek Plant, the Gokseong Plant and the Gwangju Plant which includes the Kumho Research and Development center mentioned below. There are a further three plants in China: the Tianjin Plant, the Gaoxin Plant (in Nanjing) and the Changchun Plant. There is also one plant in Vietnam in the Binh Duong Province.
Kumho Tires exports tires worldwide and has a global network of sales organizations.
It has three centers for research and development, with the largest in Gwangju, South Korea. The other two centers are in Akron, Ohio and Birmingham, West Midlands. These service the US and European tire markets respectively. Other research centers are located in Buchholz (Germany) and Tianjin (China).
Kumho Tyre (UK) Ltd (a subsidiary of Kumho Tires Co., Inc.) was created in 1977. Administrative functions are based in Sutton, Surrey and the marketing department is operated from Birmingham.
in 2011, China Central Television (CCTV) disclosed that, there were serious irregularities in the tire production process of Kumho tires. It reuses a lot of mixing in the production process, is not in accordance with its standard to produce. March 21, 2011 afternoon, the president of Kumho Tire (Kim Jong-ho), and president of Kumho Tire China (Li Hanxie) released the official statement of apology through CCTV, and announced the recall of all the illegal products.