Han­wha signed a joint research agree­ment in late August with Korea Air­ports and POSCO to devel­op and build ver­ti­ports, reports news1.kr. POSCO (for­mer­ly Pohang Iron and Steel Com­pa­ny) is a South Kore­an steel-mak­ing com­pa­ny head­quar­tered in Pohang, South Korea. The three com­pa­nies ini­tial­ly plan to joint­ly research tech­nolo­gies relat­ed to the con­struc­tion of com­mer­cial v’ports.

In par­tic­u­lar, in urban areas involv­ing major future devel­op­ment projects where UAM oper­a­tions are expect­ed to be. An exam­ple being the pro­posed Jam­sil MICE and Suseo Sta­tion com­plex in Seoul. The com­pa­nies aim to estab­lish “a stan­dard­i­s­a­tion design” for eco-friend­ly steel struc­ture mod­u­lar ver­ti­ports.

Attend­ing the sign­ing cer­e­mo­ny were Park Se-young, Head of the Con­struc­tion Divi­sion at Han­wha Cor­po­ra­tion, Lee Mi-ae, Vice Pres­i­dent of Korea Air­ports and Oh Do-gil, Head of Steel Build­ing Mate­ri­als Mar­ket­ing at POSCO.

Han­wha is pur­su­ing large-scale mixed-use devel­op­ment projects such as the Jam­sil Sports MICE Com­plex, to take the lead in ver­ti­port tech­nol­o­gy and con­struc­tion.

Pro­posed Jam­sil Sports MICE Com­plex, Seoul with Ver­ti­port

Park Se-young, Head of the company’s Archi­tec­tur­al Divi­sion, com­ment­ed, “This agree­ment will be an impor­tant oppor­tu­ni­ty to secure Ver­ti­port design and con­struc­tion tech­nolo­gies that can be applied to both new and exist­ing build­ings.” Adding, “It is expect­ed we will be able to play an impor­tant role in cre­at­ing the ini­tial infra­struc­ture for UAM.”

Lee Mi-ae, Vice Pres­i­dent of Korea Air­ports, remarked, “Ver­ti­ports are a very impor­tant, but dif­fi­cult prob­lem in the com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of UAM. Our aim is to become a leader in this excit­ing new mar­ket.”

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(News Source: www.news1.kr)

(Top image: Oh Do-gil, Lee Mi-ae and Park Se-young at Sign­ing Cer­e­mo­ny)