Want that typical whiff of rubber so much a part of many tire manufacturing facilities? You'll be out of luck at Chang-nyeong — a sophisticated filtering system in the ceiling sniffs out the odors almost completely, leaving a practically odor-free environment punctuated by the low hum of tire-making machinery culled from manufacturers worldwide.
Nexen's self-proclaimed "green factory," which it called the world's largest passenger tire plant, had been the subject of a three-pronged expansion plan, officials said, that has taken it to 11 million units a year, nearly double that from when it opened. The company's goal is to have the plant cranking out 21 million units by 2018 and, beyond that, 35 million units.
A solar system mounted to the plant's roof churns out a chunk of the electricity needed to power the plant, and LED lighting — even in street lights on the grounds — also saves more power, making the factory eco-friendly, Nexen execs said. The facility includes an education facility, a healthcare/workout area, cooperative store, nearby employee apartments, and workers get free lunches of traditional multi-course Korean food.