S eventy-five Team Members from Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC (HMMA) recently traveled to Namyang Research and Development Center near Seoul, Korea. The purpose of the over 14,000 mile round-trip journey was for assembly and qual- ity process training to prepare for the upcoming all new 2007 Santa Fe sport utility vehicle (SUV) to be manufactured at the Montgomery plant. Building of the SUV prototype has begun at the plant and production is scheduled for spring 2006.
Namyang R&D Center is a cutting-edge facility encompassing the whole design process, from pre-design studies, prototyping and full-scale aerodynamic testing to crash testing and final test driving along a 60km test track. Employing over 6,500 engineers, Namyang R&D serves as the hub of Hyundai-Kia 9s global network and consolidates the company 9s research efforts around the world. cThe new R&D Center in Namyang is probably one of the finest in the world, d said John Kalson, Director of Production for the Hyundai Alabama plant.
cI continue to be impressed by the level of detail and planning that goes into each Hyundai operation and program. d Kalson continued, cI was equally impressed, but not surprised, by all our Team Members and how well they adapted ... more. less.
to the challenge. It was as if they had been doing this for years. d The seventy-five Team Members consisted of production workers, engineers and man- agement. Team Members selected for this initial training will in turn train others as the plant progresses into pre-production this month and start of production next spring.<br><br> The training program was conducted during three separate trips of twenty-five Team Members each, traveling at two-week intervals. During each two-week visit, Team Members had an opportunity to participate in cultural activities, including an overview of South Korea 9s economic and political progress, a visit to a traditional Korean History Cultural Folk Center, a sight-seeing and shopping excursion in Seoul and the experience of enjoying traditional Korean cuisine. cAfter spending two weeks at the R&D Center in Korea, there is no doubt in my mind that Hyundai will reach its goal of being one of the top five automobile manufacturers by 2010.<br><br> Their attention to detail and commitment to quality are second to none, d said Frank Barnes, Hyundai Alabama production Team Member. Barnes was on the second of three training groups to travel to Namyang. cI was impressed with how modern Korea is.<br><br> Although the Koreans place the coun- try 9s goals over their own, they still have their own identity and individuality while operating as one. d 1 December 2, 2005 ©HMMA 2005 INSIDE INSIGHTS HYUNDAI ALABAMA TEAM MEMBERS VISIT KOREA TO LEARN SANTA FE PRODUCTION . . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> .1 HYUNDAI LAUNCHES NEW SANTA FE IN KOREA . . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . .2 QUALITY CORNER THE IMPORTANCE OF ONE . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . .2 HMMA COOKBOOK . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . .2 CALL TO ACTION: HMMA SUPPORTS TOYS FOR TOTS . .<br><br> . . .2 HMMA STRIVES TO BE LEADER IN INDUSTRY .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . .3 HYUNDAI MODELS TOP CRASH TESTS . .3 SHOW YOUR TEAM SPIRIT .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> .4 SHOP 8TIL YOU DROP . . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . . .4 HOLIDAY BREAK COMING UP& .<br><br> . . .<br><br> . . .4 HYUNDAI ALABAMA TEAM MEMBERS VISIT KOREA TO LEARN SANTA FE PRODUCTION Team Members learn quality training on 2007 Santa Fe SUV Team Members enjoy cultural experience at National Museum in Seoul 2 Hyundai Launches New Santa Fe in Korea H yundai Motor Co.<br><br> introduced the all-new Santa Fe sports utility vehicle in Korea on November 22. Larger, more elegant and more refined than its predeces- sor, the new Santa Fe sharp- ens Hyundai 9s competitiveness in the hotly-contested segment with third row seating plus an abundance of new comfort and convenience features. cJust like its predecessor which carved out a unique niche for itself, the Santa Fe blazes a new trail for Hyundai and will take our brand to the heights of refinement and confidence, d said Chairman and CEO Chung Mong-Koo.<br><br> Santa Fe production at the Montgomery plant is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2006. The American-built Santa Fe is scheduled to debut at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in mid- January 2006. Currently built at the Ulsan plant, Hyundai is targeting 2006 sales of 60,000 Santa Fe units annually, while exports are projected to reach 150,000 units.<br><br> From the Kitchen of: Debbie Searcy, General Affairs Name of Dish/Recipe: Holiday Cheese Log Type of Dish: Appetizer Serves: 8 Origin of Recipe: American Ingredients: 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese 4-3 oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup chopped pimento-stuffed olives 3 Tbsp.<br><br> mayonnaise 1/2 Tsp. Worcestershire Sauce 2 Tbsp. minced onion Dash of garlic salt Chopped pecans Recipe instructions: Combine first 7 ingredients in a large mixing bowl; mix well with hands and shape into logs or balls.<br><br> Cover with chopped pecans. HMMA Cookbook Quality Corner Quality is Everyone 9s Responsibility Quality Corner Quality is Everyone 9s Responsibility The Importance of One By Neil Grehlinger In order to be the most effective within HMMA, please remember that every job function has one or more internal customers and that we all serve the final customer. Three important questions we should answer in relation to our jobs that will help us to establish our mindset and remain focused are: 1.<br><br> Who is (are) the customer(s) of what I do? 2. What are my customer 9s requirements?<br><br> 3. How do I consistently satisfy those requirements day after day? CALL TO ACTION: HMMA Supports Toys for Tots Once again, HMMA will be supporting the US Marine Corps Reserve 9s Toys for Tots program.<br><br> This program aims to provide new toys to underprivileged children. Last year, HMMA was instrumental in assisting the less fortunate children in our commu- nity. With the devastation created by the extensive hurricane season this past sum- mer, this year 9s Toys for Tots drive is espe- cially critical to the Marine Corps Reserve.<br><br> Please consider showing your support of our local community and that of our local USMC Reserve unit by purchasing a new, unwrapped toy for a less fortunate child. Pick-up boxes will be located at the entry of each shop until December 12. Toys should be new and unwrapped.<br><br> The collection of toys by the US Marines is scheduled for December 14. Contact the Diversity Department at 387-8103 for more details. Dear HMMA Team, Hard work abounds here at HMMA.<br><br> It takes each and every one of us working as a team to accomplish the tasks set before us that enable us to achieve the goals that will make HMMA a front runner in the auto industry. Each and every day we come one step closer to perfecting our processes, our standard and our quality. It is this high stan- dard that is raising Hyundai above mediocrity, and opening the eyes of the industry to show we will be a top-ranked auto manufacturer.<br><br> HMMA now has a chance to yet again show its excellence by becoming one of the few OEM 9s to be Certified ISO/TS 16949:2002. This will be a major mile- stone for HMMA and will take the support of all Team Members from all departments in order to achieve this ini- tiative and be successful. Our first step in achieving this milestone is our pre-certification audit.<br><br> A third party consulting firm will be on site to conduct a pre-certification audit of our HMMA Business Management System to gauge exactly where HMMA stands for certification. The third party will be on site from December 12 through December 17, 2005. They will conduct audits on all departments and on all shifts.<br><br> We ask that each department be prepared and cooperate. In this first round of audits, we want them to find those weaknesses. This initial round of audits will be the first of four major steps in certification.<br><br> In February and March ,we will have the second Pre-Assessment Audit and Readiness Review, which along with the Certification Audit, will be done by our contracted Registrar. During the Readiness Review and Certification Audit, mistakes count. We need our vulnerabilities found now, so we have time to correct them, and make our team stronger.<br><br> Join us and let our team show this nation and this industry that HMMA holds the key to be a benchmark. That here in Alabama, quality is our first objective. Through your hard work, teamwork and initiative, we will strive to be a leader in the auto industry.<br><br> We will be awarded ISO/TS 16949:2002 certification in 2006. HMMA Quality Department 3 P roduction Finance Purchasing Human Resources ProductionControl Maintenance QualityControl cTo become a world class facility that produces world class product, we must operate by world class standards- d ISO/TS16949:2002 (TS2) HMMA Strives to be Leader in Industry Hyundai Models Top Crash Tests Korean maker's Sonata and Tucson,score well in passenger protection. By Ken Thomas / Associated Press V ehicles made by Hyundai Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., DaimlerChrysler AG and Subaru of America Inc.<br><br> earned top honors in new crash tests of sport utility vehicles, mini- vans and sedans. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave five stars Monday in front and side-impact protection to the Hyundai Sonata sedan and Tucson SUV, Honda Odyssey minivan, Mercedes-Benz ML Class SUV and Subaru B9 Tribeca SUV. The Pontiac G6 two-door coupe received the top score in rollover protection, with the government estimating a 9 percent chance of vehicle rollover during a crash.<br><br> The Mitsubishi Lancer, meanwhile, fared worst in side-impact protection among the vehicles; the four-door version was the only model to get two stars on side-impact protection for the driver. The score was based on previous testing and denotes a 21 to 25 percent chance of serious injury in a real-world crash. Dan Irvin, a Mitsubishi spokesman, noted that it was an old test and said that side curtain air bags will become standard equipment on the vehicle in the 2007 model year.<br><br> The Lancer received top scores in frontal protection. NHTSA typically conducts new tests on vehicles when they are redesigned. The majority of vehicles reviewed received either four or five stars in frontal- and side-impact protection.<br><br> In addition to the vehicles that earned five stars on both tests, other top-performing vehicles included the 2006 Volkswagen Passat, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Dakota, Nissan Armada and Ford Freestar. For frontal tests, five stars means there is a 10 percent or less chance of serious injury and four stars estimates an 11 percent to 20 percent chance of serious injury. NHTSA conducts the front- impact test at 35 mph.<br><br> HMMA Vision and Mission Statements Vision Statement: Our team provides value for your future. Mission Statement: To create exceptional automotive value for our customers by harmoniously blending safety, quality and efficiency. With our dive rse team, we will provide responsible stewardship to our community and environment while achieving stability and security now and for future gene rations.<br><br> Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC 700 Hyundai Boulevard Montgomery, Alabama 36105 Prsrt Std U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 456 Montgomery, AL Holiday Break Coming Up& In celebration of the holiday season, HMMA will be closed Friday, December 23, 2005 through Monday, January 2, 2006.<br><br> We hope you and your families have a safe and happy holiday season. Show Your Team Spirit On Friday, November 18, Team Members dis- played their team spirit by wearing the jersey of their favorite sports team. The Quality Control Body Line Inspection Team shows off their spirit for their favorite teams.<br><br> Pictured from left to right are Terrish McKinney, Rodriguez Jones, William Champion, Dennis Glass, Stephanie Samuels and Tiffany Shakespeare. Shop 8Til You Drop Team Members got a kick-start to their holiday shopping on Sunday, November 20. Toys R 9 Us held a special open house exclusively for Team Members and their guests.<br><br> Many Team Members won door prizes, including scooters and other toys, and gift certificates to Toys R 9 Us and area restaurants.