HHH Group represents a private limited company in the Republic of Korea, which develops and manufactures zipper products for sale in domestic and global market with its own technologies for zipper products, raw materials and components of zipper products. Through its manufacturing and exporting group companies namely Pacific Zipper Co Ltd, HHH Industry Ltd (Korea), Pacific Zipper Bangladesh Ltd, HHH Accessories India Ltd, HHH Vietnam Co Ltd, HHH Group has acquired global recognition as one of the market leaders in the world zipper industry and third largest zipper makers in Korea. Mr J D Bae is the President and CEO of HHH Group. He was working as an Engineer with LG until the year 1980, when the Korean Apparel & Garment industry was on high development and 45 percent of foreign brand zippers were imported in Korea. Mr Bae, with a view to solve his motherland’s dependency on foreign zippers, caught the right pulse of market and took the prudent step of acquiring a zipper manufacturing factory from his father’s friend. And by 1986, Mr Bae was successful to launch Korea’s own brand HHH earning a rave review from Korean Government for achieving one million dollars exports. Mr Bae’s rich experience and business skills accrued since 27 years has made him a successful and vigilant leader, who firmly believes in growth forever. Face2Face interviewed Mr J D Bae for his inputs on worldwide trims industry and current trends in its consumer market.
Running down the memory lane, can you list the major milestones zipping up success with your company’s history?
1980— The Korean apparel industry was at the beginning stage of being a global player in the world clothing market. Imported foreign brand zippers shared over 45% in Korean zipper market. Being inspired to change the market, we created HHH Zipper.
1986—In the effort to continue improvement of HHH Zipper, we purchased the zipper division of PACIFIC CHEMICAL GROUP, consequently, the Company increased its turnover and reached the position of third largest zipper maker in Korea. HHH was launched for domestic market as well.
1990—HHH received the ‘Q’ mark of excellence by the Korean Government and HHH launched FIW-Project (Factory in the World).
1992~1995—At HHH, we solely invested in its offshore production unit in Bangladesh and developed the high quality metal H-Zip (YG Zipper), specially used for Jeans and heavy garments. Also, HHH was awarded the Export Award from Korean Government.
1997~2000—The Company entered Indian Territory by establishing a Liaison office in Bangalore. These days, we also expanded capacity of our Bangladesh factory and acquired the ISO-9001 certificate along with the pride of being the first Korean zipper maker to achieve this. Also, acquired the OEKO TEX 100 Class 1 Certificate from Testex, Switzerland.
2001~2004 – HHH implemented the environment friendly technology for the production process and the major achievement of getting global buyer nominations like Wal-mart, Target, C&A, Roots, K-mart, H&M, Carrefour, etc.
2006- HHH invested USD 4 million in Vietnam to set up its one more off shore units and one of the dream ventures to set up fully automatic machines.
2007—HHH was voted 2007’s Korean Leading Company by Seoul Economic Daily.
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