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History
Leaping Forward with the Pioneer Spirit that Makes the Impossible Possible

For over 50 years, Aju Group has been devoted to finding new paths and challenging new opportunities. Aju will always be your partner for life as a company that leads lifestyle and culture by bringing new values to life.

Key Milestones

Aju successfully transitioned from manufacturing to a higher value-added industry. We will continue to innovate and challenge ourselves to become a “global leader that pioneers changes for a better future”

New Pioneer
2018
  • 2018.03

    Acquired 'AC Hotel Bellevue'

  • 2018.04

    Opened RYSE, Autograph Collection

  • 2018.05

    AJU Auto Service merged into AJU Motors

2017
  • 2017.05

    Acquired MTCom

2016
  • 2016.06

    Aju Suwon Autoservice merged with Aju Autonetworks, Changed name to Aju Autoservice

  • 2016.09

    Expanded Construction Materials Business (Marine sand mining business) : Acquired Kongyounghaeun

2015
  • 2015.01

    Expanded Overseas Hotel Business: Acquired Holiday Inn San Jose – Silicon Valley

  • 2015.01

    Attained Volvo Dealership, Established Aju Autorium

  • 2015.09

    Aju IT merged with Prosociety, Changed name to Aju QMS

2014
  • 2014.01

    Advanced into Hotel Business Overseas: Acquired DoubleTree by Hilton Dallas – Market Center

2013
  • 2013.01

    Advanced into to Import Auto Parts Sales & Distribution Business: Established Aju Autonetworks

  • 2013.03

    Established Aju Networks, Attained Dealership of Jaguar and Land Rover

  • 2013.09

    Introduced New HR Management System "Talent 3.0," and Abolished the Seniority and Rank System

2012
  • 2012.02

    Acquired Aju Savings Bank (formerly Hanaro Savings Bank)

  • 2012.11

    Advanced into to Automobile Maintenance Business: Established Aju Suwon Autoservice

2011
  • 2011.07

    Acquired Aju Geotec

  • 2011.11

    Established Aju Global UK

2010
  • 2010.11

    Established Aju Asset Management

Awards & Accolades

2017.01
Founding Chairman Tae Shik Moon - Order of Civil Merit, Camellia Medal
2015.07
Aju Capital - Korea Service Grand Award by Korean Standards Association for 5 Consecutive Years
2015.03
Chairman Kyuyoung Moon – ‘Grand Prize for CEO of the Year 2014’ from Korean Marketing Association
2012.12
Aju Capital- Presidential Prize on Consumer Rights Day
2010.12
Aju Corporation - Presidential Prize for Innovation in Manufacturing from National Quality Management Conference
2008.11
Chairman Kyuyoung Moon - Golden Tower Medal of Honor from National Quality Management Conference
2008.04
Chairman Kyuyoung Moon - Grand Prize from Korea Quality Management Awards 2008
2007.11
Aju Corporation - Presidential Prize from National Quality Management Conference
2007.04
Chairman Kyuyoung Moon - CEO of the Year from Korea Management Association
2007.03
Aju Corporation –Tin Tower Medal on the 41st Taxpayers’ Day

In the 2000’s, Aju began to expand our business based on our founding principle of the Pioneer Spirit. Starting with the acquisition of the Hyatt Regency Jeju, we expanded to diverse areas of business, including credit finance and automobile distribution, to establish ourselves as a successful mid-sized group company.

Change and Innovation
2009
  • 2009.06

    Aju Capital Listed on the Korean Stock Exchange

  • 2009.09

    Aju Motors Became the General Distributor of GM Korea

2008
  • 2008.02

    Advanced into Venture Capital and Private Equity Management Business: Acquired Aju IB Investment (formerly Kibo Capital)

  • 2008.02

    Expanded Construction Materials Business Overseas: Established Aju Vietnam

2007
  • 2007.02

    Spun-off Aju Auto Rental, Aju Rental, Aju L&F

  • 2007.03

    Declared New Vision of ‘Global Leader Bringing Innovation for Happier Future'

  • 2007.06

    Advanced into to Real Estate Development Business: Established Aju Frontier

2006
  • 2006.11

    Advanced into to Auto Sales and Distribution Business: Established Aju Motors

2005
  • 2005.06

    Advanced into to Consumer Finance Business: Acquired Aju Capital (formerly Daewoo Capital)

2002
  • 2002.08

    Established VCEM Materials, an Overseas Joint Venture

2000
  • 2000.12

    Expanded Hotel Business: Acquired Hyatt Regency Jeju

In 1960, Founder and Honorary Chairman Tae Shik Moon founded Aju Corporation with the belief that companies can help rebuild the national economy from the ruins of war. Aju contributed to the supply of electricity in Korea by localizing concrete utility poles to replace import wood poles, leading the development of construction material in Korea. We began to diversify our business in 1983 with the expansion to the ready-mixed concrete business, followed by the acquisition of Hotel Seogyo and establishment of Aju Research and Aju IT.

Growth and Development
1999
  • 1999.11

    Advanced into to IT business: Established Aju IT

1997
  • 1997.11

    Advanced into to Investment Business: Established Aju Technology Investment

1987
  • 1987.03

    Established Aju Remicon (Ready-mix Concrete)

  • 1987.08

    Advanced into to Hotel Business: Acquired Hotel Seokyo

1960
  • 1960.09

    Established Aju Corporation and Advanced into to Construction Materials Industry