Nexen Tire (Korean) Corporation is a tire manufacturer, headquartered in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, and Seoul in South Korea. Its major domestic competitors are Hankook and Kumho. The company's name is reflected in the company slogan, "Next Century Tire."
Established in 1942 under the name, Heung-A Tire Company, Nexen Tire Co. has served the industry for the past 71 years. They were recognized in 1956 as the first Korean tire company. In 1985, Nexen dedicated a facility in Yangsan, Korea, to the production of radial tires.
The company changed their name in 2000 from Woosung Tire to Nexen Tire Corporation. The name Nexen is a combination of two future-oriented words; next and century. That same year also saw Nexen Tire listed on the KOSPI 200 Index future market.
In 2005, Nexen Tire was awarded a patent for the technology to manufacture rubber/stratified silicate nano-composite tires. By 2006, they had completed development on the new UHP and Winter LTR/SUV pattern. To accommodate increased global demand for the Nexen brand, they opened yet another tire manufacturing plant in Qingdao, China in 2007. Nexen's domestic market share increased from 8% to 20%, with annual sales exceeding $600 million. Nexen employs over 2,000 employees. Nexen Tire currently exports to 120 countries.