After more than six years of operation, Doosan Vina has trained out a talented local work force and is continually advancing the localisation of the company and itsr products.
The localisation initiative through the transfer of technology and expertise to Vietnamese engineers and technicians was started even before the May 2009 official opening and remains Doosan Vina’s foremost commitment to Vietnam. Today the $300 million investment known as Doosan Vina employs nearly 2,500 Vietnamese workers.
Located in Dung Quat economic zone of the central province of Quang Ngai, Doosan Vina has been a steady force in the advancement of mechanical engineering and heavy industry in Vietnam. Its strength and expertise lies in the engineering and manufacturing of mega super-heavy equipment used in infrastructure developments for the power, water, logistics, and refinery sectors.
Domestically, its locally-produced equipment is in use at Nhon Trach 2, Mong Duong 2, Vinh Tan 4, Song Hau 1, Vinh Tan 4, and Vinh Tan 4 extension projects. This has given plentiful opportunities for local experts and created thousands of jobs for Vietnamese people.
Doosan Vina also played an important role in producing high-tech chemical processing equipment for Dung Quat oil refinery in Quang Ngai and Nghi Son oil refinery in the central province of Thanh Hoa, as well as fabricated and assembled giant cranes for Saigon New Port, Danang Port, and Nghi Son. In addition to its domestic projects, Doosan Vina has exported well over $1 billion in products to over 28 countries around the globe.
Yeon In Jung is the CEO at Doosan Vina, as well as the person directing the localisation effort. Replying to queries about how he is handling localisation and what strategies are being employed to carry it out, Jung said, “We are approaching localisation with several different programmes—think of a stool with three legs, the legs support a solid platform, but the legs must sit on a solid foundation, in turn. This foundation is an alignment of our goals with those of the prime minister and the country. To accomplish this, we work closely with the relevant ministries and leaders to make sure our efforts are in sync with those of the government.”
Jung went on to explain, “Once we built the foundation, we started on the legs. The first leg of our stool was to bring to Vietnam today’s most advanced industrial technology. This included many machines and computer systems that cost well over a million dollars each. The second leg was the launch of an aggressive recruiting plan to seek out the best and brightest engineers and technicians from Vietnam’s finest universities, and then immerse them in an intense training regime at our onsite, purpose-built, state-of-the-art training centre.”
“The training centre was staffed with graduates from Korea’s best schools who also had years of hands-on experience at Doosan. Training began before we opened and has been an on-going programme ever since.” He went on to say, “The third leg of the plan is to work closely with universities and other schools in Vietnam to make certain their curriculum is relevant to the country’s and our company’s goals. The company started with nearly 200 Korean experts, and today, they are down to less than 50.”
Thanks to the cooperation of Danang University of Science and Technology and other institutions, students and teachers in Mechanical Engineering have opportunities to see and access advanced industrial equipment and gain practical work experience under the guidance of foreign experts. The cooperation with universities also contributes to the schools’ understanding of the best practices associated with heavy industry, as well as providing training programs relevant to the needs of today’s industrial world.