Unick Corporation

Company Profile




90, Seobu-ro, 179beon-gil, Jinyeong-eup, Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea

Business Overview

-The Company is a manufacturer of automotive clocks, cigarette lighters, solenoid valves, valves, and sensors. 

-It started operations in 1976 as the first manufacturer in Korea to develop automotive clocks.

-Through a technical alliance with Tosok Corporation (now called Nidec Tosok Corporation), the Company engineered hydraulic solenoid valves in Korea in 1992.

Market Share in Korea (Estimated by the Company, %)

FY ended Dec. 31, 2018 FY ended Dec. 31, 2017 FY ended Dec. 31, 2016
Solenoid valves 42 42 52
Automotive clocks 50 50 50
Cigarette lighters 50 50 50
Indicators 10 10 10
Power outlets 62 62 62
Controllers & pads 19 19 20
Automotive USB chargers 96 96 100
Solenoid valves for electronically controlled engine oil pumps 100 100 100
Solenoid valves for dual clutch transmissions (DCTs) 100 100 100
Exhaust gas control valves 100 100 100


(As of Dec. 31, 2018)

Major shareholders Investment ratio (%)
An Young-Koo 19.71
An Jung-Koo 9.34
Total 29.05


Powertrain System
Transmission Parts
-Solenoid valves for transmission (Direct VFS)
-Solenoid valves for transmission(Pilot VFS)
-Solenoid valves for transmission(PWM)
-Solenoid valve for transmission(On/Off)
-Thermal bypass valves
-Speed sensor (AT)

Engine Parts
-Solenoid valves for oil pump in engine (VFS)
-Solenoid valves for oil pump in engine (On/Off)
-Engine mount solenoid valves
-Pneumatic solenoid valves
-Water level sensors

Eco-Drive System
-Bypass Valves for Emission Reduction
-Pneumatic solenoid valves for bypass valves
-Fuel cut valves
-Fuel vent valves
-Hydrogen gas control valves

Human Machine Interface System

Information systems
-Battery charge info indicators
-Automatic gear shift lever indicators

Safety & Comfort system
-Motor & Controllers for haptic steering wheels
-Heating pad & Controllers for heated steering wheels
-Intelligent battery sensors
-USB chargers (external)
-USB chargers (internal)
-Cigarette lighters
-Power outlets
-AGM (Absorbent Glass Material) battery caps


Apr. 1976 The Company was established.
Nov. 1976 The Company developed automotive clocks for the first time in Korea.
May. 1989 The Company developed an EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) valve.
Feb. 1991 The Company developed hydraulic solenoid valves through a technical alliance with Tosok Corporation of Japan.
Aug. 1991 The Company developed three meters for installation on Jeep vehicles through a technical alliance with Jeco Co., Ltd. of Japan.
Jul. 1992 Completed Gimhae Plant.
Oct. 1992 The Company developed a hydraulic solenoid valve for automatic transmissions.
Dec. 1993 The Company was listed on KOSDAQ.
Dec. 1995 The Company acquired ISO9001.
Nov. 1996 The Company developed electric wiring systems for small passenger vehicles through a technical alliance with Siemens of Germany.
Sep. 1997 The Company developed automotive multi meters through a technical alliance with Jeco Co., Ltd. of Japan.
Feb. 1998 The Company developed an electronic EGR valve.
Mar. 1999 The Company developed digital multi-meter.
Dec. 1999 The Company acquired QS9000.
Apr. 2000 The Company adopted a new corporate name, Unick Corporation.
Mar. 2002 The Company developed an engine oil deterioration sensor (coil type).
Jul. 2002 The Company developed a full level control valve for on board refueling vapor recovery system.
Sep. 2002 The Company established Qingdao Unick Co., Ltd. in China.
Jan. 2004 Completed Asan Plant.
Mar. 2005 The Company acquired ISO14000 certification.
Apr. 2005 The Company acquired TS16949 certification.
Mar. 2008 The Company acquired ISO14001 certification.
May 2009 The Company acquired ISO9001 certification.
May 2009 The Company acquired ISO/TS16949 certification.
Dec. 2010 Established Plant No. 3 at Gimhae.
Mar. 2012 The Company moved its headquarters from Busan Metropolitan City to its Gimhae plant in Gyeongsangnam-do.
May. 2014 Established R&D Center in Pangyo, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggido.
Sep. 2015 Established Plant No. 5 in Gimhae.

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