An industrial conglomeratechaebol, Kumho Tires manufactures a full range of tires under the Kumho and Marshal brands. Samyong Tire Co, the predecessor of Kumho, was founded in 1960.
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,