On April 1st, the 50th anniversary of POSCO, named ‘Future Vision Ceremony’ was successfully held. The main topic of the anniversary was not only celebrating 50th years POSCO’s efforts both industrial and social fields but also suggestion of future directions of POSCO, ‘Missions and Visions’
‘Unlimit the limt: Steel and Beyond’
POSCO is dreaming of KRW 500 trillion in consolidated sales in 2068, the 100th anniversary of the company.
On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, POSCO held the ceremony to declare its future vision, and announced the mission and vision as a global centennial enterprise at the POSTECH gymnasium at the 50th anniversary of POSCO on April 1, and announced its mission and vision of being one of the true global centennial enterprises.
The new mission of the global centennial enterprise POSCO, which POSCO CEO Ohjoon Kwon detailed in the form of his TED Talk, is ‘Unlimit the Limit: Steel and Beyond.’ This mission, which was finalized after a few months of intensive debate among executives, means that POSCO will capitalize on its past 50-year history of challenges to become a power in the future not only in steel, but also in non-steel areas.
To this end, POSCO is seeking to change its current revenue streams, in which about 80% of the group’s profits come from steel and steel-related areas, in which profits will come evenly from the top three core business groups, i.e. steel, infrastructure and new growth engines, at a ratio of 4:4:2. POSCO aims to see its consolidated sales reach KRW 500 trillion and its operating profits reach KRW 70 trillion in 2068, its 100th anniversary.
In addition to its primary business, i.e. steel, POSCO will concentrate on such infrastructure areas as trading, construction, energy and ICT were included, and such new-growth areas as energy storage materials and light-weight materials.
The vision, which was declared along with the mission, is ‘POSCO the Great.’ ‘POSCO the Great’ was the slogan that CEO Kwon used when he was first inaugurated as CEO in 2014 to revive POSCO which faced a crisis at the time. Now the slogan has become more systematic: Great Business, Great Technology and Great Culture. It means pushing the business structure, technology and organizational culture to the highest level.
As POSCO has contributed to the country and society through steel and educational patriotism, at a time when the company is celebrating its 50th anniversary and starting its march forward toward a centennial enterprise, it decided to conduct business that will repay the country in addition to declaring its mission and vision.
POSCO supports Youth
In return for the country’s unsparing support and the citizens’ enthusiastic support which made POSCO what it is today, POSCO opted to construct the ‘Youth Creativity Center’ (tentative), which features various contents, including the Science and Experience Center in Seoul Forest, located in the center of the capital city of Korea, and donate it to the nation.
The ‘Youth Creativity Center’ will become a learning center where youths, who will lead the country into the future, can easily understand the principles of technology and science through experience, and translate their creative ideas into reality.
Also, the center will have various concert halls and exhibition halls so that anyone can easily enjoy culture and art in everyday life.
If the international design competition for world-renowned architects is held this year, it will reveal its splendor as being the best science and culture complex in Korea.
The POSCO Center in Seoul, which was erected more than 20 years ago, now features a new product exhibition hall that will familiarize citizens with steel, and show customers the future vision of steel, and added a 30-seat PR video center. The product exhibition hall displays various industries demanding steel in the future, and state-of-the-art steel products, and allows visitors to experience the various uses of steel used in our everyday lives using the cartoon and touch technique in a fun way. At the PR video center, visitors can watch POSCO PR videos, and view a steel mill in 3D imagery.
Close to people
On its 50th anniversary, POSCO, which has contributed to the growth of the country with steel, will air a TV ad, which reflects its will to transcend beyond steel, ‘50-Year Challenge and 100-Years New Dream’ until June 10, and the POSCO Art Museum in the first lower level of the POSCO Center will host the ‘Homage to POSCO’ exhibition until May 8. The artworks embodying the growth and rebirth of POSCO will be on display. Also, the POSCO Museum in Pohang will host the ‘Half-Century Video Records of POSCO,’ which introduces various images and historical materials which recorded its 50-year history of growth, until June 30.
In addition, until the end of May, POSCO will prepare an opportunity for the CEO and employees to communicate and harmonize with one another in Seoul, Pohang and Gwangyang with the aim of strengthening the solidarity among employees marching toward a centennial enterprise.
POSCO always stands with country
POSCO’s 50-year history is in true sync with the history of the growth of the Korean economy. POSCO has never stopped growing for half a century since its foundation, and continued to turn profits without ever running into the red and still contributes to the economic development of the country.
POSCO was established in 1968, and molten metal was first produced in 1973. Its sales amounted to KRW 41.6 billion in that year, and increased 686 times last year to KRW 28,553.8 billion. Korea’s per capita GDP was merely US$ 198 in 1968, but it increased about 140 times in 2016 to US$ 27,539.
As POSCO grew and its steel production increased, domestic industries such as automobiles and shipbuilding continuously grew as well. In 1973, when POSCO started to produce molten metal for the first time, POSCO’s steel production amounted to 449,000 tons, but in 2017, it rose to 37.2 million tons. Likewise, Korea’s shipbuilding tonnage increased from 12,000 tons in 1973 to 23.5 million tons, and automobile production rose from 25,000 cars to 4.11 million cars.
POSCO has also grown remarkably in terms of technology. The FINEX technology, which replaces the modern blast furnace with more than 100 years of history, is an environmentally-friendly and economical innovative technology. POSCO independently developed and commercialized this. Also, in 2013, the company completed the construction of Southeast Asia’s first integrated steel mill in Indonesia. Just 40 years after POSCO owned the first integrated steel mill with the help of Japanese steelmakers in 1970, it grew so big as to build an integrated steel mill in a foreign country on its own, and transformed itself from a technological follower to a technological leader.
Also, POSCO sold 9 million-odd tons of automotive steel last year, which accounts for about 25% of its total sales, the largest proportion among major global automotive steelmakers and sellers. One out of every 10 cars sold in the world is made of POSCO’s automotive steel.
Recently, the company built its own smart factory platform called PosFrame, leading the smartization of the global steel industry.
In recognition of its excellent business performance, competitiveness and sustainability management, POSCO has been selected by WSD as one of the ‘world’s most competitive steelmakers’ for the past 8 consecutive years since 2010, and in the global sustainability management evaluation, it has been selected as an excellent company in sustainability and as the best company in the steel industry for the past 13 consecutive years, dating back to 2005. It has remained in this honorable position for the longest time in Korea.