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INTERVIEW - Ph.D. ChongSoo James Park, Chairman, Korea Carbon and Nano Industry Association

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30 Oct 2020

On the occasion of JEC Korea event, which will be held online from November 24 to 26, JEC Composites Magazine asked Ph.D. ChongSoo James Park, the Chairman of KCNA (Korea Carbon and Nano Industry Association), and also JEC Korea partner, to tell us more about its Korean Carbon & Nano Association, and, more generally, how the Korean composites market and carbon sector is doing.

JEC Composites Magazine: What is the situation today in Korea and how are companies in the composites and carbon sector doing in particular?

Ph.D. ChongSoo James Park, Chairman, Korea Carbon and Nano Industry Ass
Ph.D. ChongSoo James Park: The general economic situation in Korea, like other countries, has been contracted by Covid19, but the degree of stagnation is not very bad, and the economic growth rate turned to + growth in the third quarter this year. Composite material related companies, especially carbon composites related companies, have had many projects canceled or postponed, but recently some fields are actively undergoing new projects.

JEC Composites Magazine: Which sector are doing well ?
Ph.D. ChongSoo James Park: There are many ongoing projects in the electric vehicle field, especially the FCEV (Fuel cell Electric Vehicle). It is expected to be applied to mass production in earnest after 2022. In addition, projects related to renewable energy such as large offshore wind power blades for reinforcing are also being developed and applied, and projects related to civil aviation and military aerospace and defense industries are ongoing.

JEC Composites Magazine: Can you explain the genesis of the Korean Carbon & Nano Association to us?
Ph.D. ChongSoo James Park: On September 23rd, 52 major Korean carbon nano-related companies gathered at InterContinental Hotel in Seoul to hold a general meeting, the founding promoter of the Carbon Nano Industry Association, and on October 19th, it had been obtained the approval for the establishment of KCNA as a corporation from the Government.

JEC Composites Magazine: What are these objectives and its main missions?
Ph.D. ChongSoo James Park: The Carbon Nano industry is a national core high-tech industry in Korea, and it has been a stagnant reality due to the absence of a related association that activates the network between related industries or the central axis of the global future key growth industry. In addition, in order to successfully implement the Korean version of the New Deal policy, green energy and eco-friendly future mobility, which the government is promoting after the coronavirus crisis in July, the vitalization and role of the carbon nano industry is being emphasized. Based on this kind of circumstance, the association was founded to revitalize the industrial ecosystem, establish a Global Value Chain (GVC), and lead the carbon nano industry through a forum for solidarity and cooperation between demanding companies and suppliers, large companies and SMEs.

JEC Composites Magazine: How are decided and by whom, the actions to be taken. How does the association operate?
Ph.D. ChongSoo James Park: The association has a board of directors including the chairman of the board, and has a general meeting to decide on necessary matters respectively. The association has a committees for each necessary matter. Full time executives and clerks are always on duty to assist the chairman and board of directors and handle the affairs of the association. Financially KCNA will be operated by membership fee from member of KCNA , special fee from special member and income from business plan.

JEC Composites Magazine: How does KCNA complement KCTECH?
Ph.D. ChongSoo James Park: The Carbon Nano Industry Association (KCNA) maintains a close cooperative relationship with KCTEC for efficient business execution and active demand linkage between related companies for materials, parts and equipment by revitalizing the ecosystem of the Carbon and Nano industry. From preparation for establishment to establishment, KCTECH has supported and cooperated, and there are lot of help in communication with MOTIE thru KCTECH. KCNA has an initial office in the main building of KCTECH and office workers are supported. When full-time executives and regular office staff are secured, the office of KCNA will have an independent office by the resolution of the board of directors. The cooperation system with domestic and overseas associations, academic societies, and leading companies related to Carbon and Nano, which KCTECH has already secured, will also be utilized, and the actual development and performance of the association will be derived through information sharing.

JEC Composites Magazine: Have you programmed specific actions to give visibility to your association?
Ph.D. ChongSoo James Park: KCNA made a business plan for 2021 and after establishment of KCNA officially. After the election of executives at the general meeting for the establishment of the association on September 23, KCNA deliberated on the purpose of establishment, the association's articles of association, the organization chart, the business plan and budget for 2021, and the establishment of the office, and approved the original draft. After receiving the certificate of establishment of a corporation from MOTIE on Oct.19, it is in discussions on receiving an order for research on European carbon industry policy research and proposal for industrial revitalization policy as a 2020 project. KCNA will have the first director’s meeting on Nov and will have the detail discussion of KCNA’s operation.

JEC Composites Magazine: How will the Association's work be articulated with other players in the sector, associations, companies, technical centers, companies...?
Ph.D. ChongSoo James Park: KCNA will establish a solid network among 52 carbon nano-related material, equipment and parts makers that are currently registered as members for activities and practical results that meet the purpose of the association's establishment, and supplies intermediate parts and equipment mainly to large companies such as automobile and aviation. Through process development such as manufacturing, it plans to provide active support and operation so that the demand linkage between companies can be actively achieved. In addition, through MOUs with domestic and overseas Carbon and Nano-related societies and research institutes, as well as overseas leading companies, information sharing and strengthening ties are intended to provide practical help to member companies and promote related industrial development.

JEC Composites Magazine: Can you tell us who the association is primarily aimed at and who are the first members?
Ph.D. ChongSoo James Park: In KCNA, companies in the core industries such as aerospace, automobile, electric and electronic, sports leisure, new and renewable energy industry, defense industry, etc. and companies related to material parts and equipment are qualified as members. Five companies including Hyundai Kia Motor group, Korean Air, KAI, Hanwha Solutions, and Sungwoo Hitech participated as Demand company(End user) user), and 19 companies as a material company including Kukdo Chemical, Hyosung Advanced Materials, Toray Advanced Materials Lotte Chemical, SK Chemicals, Samyang Corporation, Aekyung Chemical. , OCI Industry, Hyundai Steel and etc , 18 companies as parts companies including Korea Carbon, Iljin Composite Materials, Ajin Industry, Shinsung Materials, DACC Carbon, Hwashin, Human Composite and etc and 10 companies including Hi Entech , Il sung Machinery Industry, T4L, etc. as equipment companies are parti cipated as first members. KCNA plans to expand the extension by adding additional members related to the carbon nano industry.

JEC Composites Magazine: Do you have international ambitions?
Ph.D. ChongSoo James Park: KCNA wants to cooperate with International organizer such as JEC Group, societies, Research institutes, Universities and leading company in the world. In Korea, there are lot of companies, materials, parts and equipment companies required for the Carbon and Nano industry, have manufacturing facilities, and play an important role in the global value chain for automobiles, aviation, electronics, electrical equipment, sports and leisure, renewable energy, and defense industries. As globalization is progressing and the corona crisis is forming a new form of GSC in Untact circumstance. KCNA will shares information with many leading overseas associations, societies, research institutes, universities, and will do international business cooperation, participation in conferences and exhibitions, and joint research work. KCNA will support and cooperate with members companies to that they can actively participate and lead the global value chain.

JEC Composites Magazine: As the spokesperson for this new association, do you have a few words to address to the market directly?
Ph.D. ChongSoo James Park: KCNA is just established late this year. We need to set up the efficient organization and solid network between our members first. KCNA is belong to MOTIE Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy) as corporation.
KCNA will set up the close communication cannel with Government to make them understanding the related market and industry situation correctly and will advise and suggest the improving of related reg ulation, suggesting the policy planning and policy making based on collaborating with related academic society, institute, industries and companies. We need to collaborate with leading company, academic societies, Research institutes, Universities to share information and cowork together with Korean Carbon and Nano Industry companies to contribute to Global Supply chain and Global Value chain.
Please feel free to contact to communicate and collaborate with us. KCNA will guide and attend international conference and Exhibition as well as co-development work as much as we can.

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