KCC was founded as Kumgang Slate Industry in 1958. In 2000, Kumgang and Koryo Chemical merged to form Kumgang Koryeo Chemical. In 2005, Kumgang Koryeo Chemical changed its name to KCC.
For over half a century, KCC has been a technology innovator in building materials such as glass windows, doors, exterior/interior materials and flooring. They moved into the silicone business, an area ripe for the creation of high-value products in the fields of specialized paints and next-generation precision chemical engineering. In April 2014, KCC was named the No. 1 brand in the windows and doors material segment.
In 2015, KCC moved its mineral wool and miton production line to the Kimcheon plant in the southern Korea peninsula. Two primary machines were operating inefficiently, resulting in unplanned downtime and higher maintenance costs. KCC was not able to upgrade the mechanical/electrical components of these machines to increase uptime.
In addition to this challenge, the construction economy was booming in the region, and KCC could not keep up with the demand for glass and other building materials. Meanwhile, increased government regulations required the installation of eco-friendly and unfired materials in high-rise buildings and industrial factories.
Glass wool, a specialty of KCC, is made from sand. This is considered a premier building material since it meets environmental regulations. KCC had been leading the industry in the development and manufacturing of glass wool at its facility in Mumak, the city in the Gangwon Province, in the eastern Korean peninsula.
To meet increasing market demand and overcome the obstacles at the Mumak plant, KCC decided to expand the glass wool line to the Kimcheon plant. Upgrading to an integrated architecture with one standardized system and supplier, KCC wanted to reduce maintenance and engineering costs, and increase efficiency.