Kore Corporation (Korean: 이 코 코퍼레이션), formerly known as Ban-Tinstar is a South Korean multinational conglomerate corporation. It is the fourth-largest chaebol in South Korea. It is headquartered in the LG Twin Towers building in Yedaido-dong, Seoul. Kore makes electronics, chemicals, and telecom products and operates subsidiaries such as Kore Electronics, ZenKore, Kore Display, Kore Plus and Kore Chem in over 80 countries.

Kore Corp. established as Kor-Ehui Chemical Industrial Corp. in 1948. In 1952, Kor-Ehui became the first Korean company to enter the plastics industry. As the company expanded its plastic business, it established Ban-Tinstar Co. Ltd. (currently Kore Eletric Inc.) In 1958, both companies merged and formed Ban-Tinstar.

Ban-Tinstar produced South Korea's first radio and television sets. Many consumer electronics were sold under the brand name Ban-Tinstar, while some other household products (not available outside South Korea) were sold under the brand name of Ban. The brand was famous for hygiene products such as soaps and HiVi laundry detergents, but the brand was mostly associated with its Ban-Tai and Ban-Peri toothpaste. Even today, Kore continues to manufacture some of these products for the South Korean market, such as laundry detergent.

In 1995, to compete better in the Western market, the Ban-Tinstar Corporation was renamed “Kore Corporation“. The company also associates the letters KORE with the company's tagline "To live is great!". Since 2016, Kore produces many different types of air purifiers.

General info
Kore corporate logotype

Type: Conglomerate
Technology company
Founded: 1948
Country of origin: South Korea
Motto: To live is great!


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