Hankook Logitech Co (HKL) and Hyundai Automotive Group, based in Seoul, Korea, have formed HK Logistics America (HKLA).  The newly formed operation, headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, is responsible for total vehicle logistics management for Hyundai Motor America (HMA) and Kia Motors America (KMA).

HMA and KMA combined have 11 port operations, nine water ports and two inland processing centres, in eight US states including California, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Florida, Washington and Texas. The two companies will import more than 700,000 vehicles in 2003 and service over 1,200 dealerships nationwide. HKLA’s first project will be to consolidate the supply chain management for all logistics activities in North America.

“Combining the volumes of HMA and KMA will allow for improved operational efficiencies, providing even greater service to the companies’ dealers,” said JE Lee, president and CEO of HKLA.

Currently, HKLA employs 27 people, including Lee, vice president and chief operating officer Marvin Baisden, administrative staff and full-time logistics managers.