History of Rinnai
Based on the energy and strength gained from 40 years of continuous growth and development,
Rinnai Korea will vigorously step forward with a high-powered spirit to keep challenging and accomplish its vision.
Thanks to the foresight of former President Kang Seong Mo who worked in the trading industry at the time, a joint corporation was established with Rinnai Japan, which marks the first step taken by Rinnai Korea as the pioneer and innovator in gasification of domestic fuel and the kitchen culture. Founded in 1974, Rinnai Korea began the operation of Plant 1 in 1975 and encountered a boom and economic growth in the domestic market buoyed by the government's gas fuelization policies implemented in 1978, launching a variety of products and taking leader's footsteps.
Founded Rinnai Korea, Challenge for the Future
During the days when most people cooked
from briquette furnaces or small kitchen ranges.
Gas fuelization policies opens up the door
to the domestic market
As the government implemented gas fuelization policies in 1978, the door into the domestic market became more open, and business started to blossom around this time.
Began production of infrared 2-burner grills
Moved the Seoul Office to Severance Building near Seoul Station
Expanded Plant 1
As the domestic market became more wide open, Plant 1 equipped with capabilities of mass production was extended while a series of new products were released.
Opened dealerships and expanded the sales organization
Advertisements to attract potential dealers, coupled with product ads, were posted in newspapers, leading to establishment of about 30 dealerships in Seoul, Busan, Daegu and Gwangju, and the sales group grew as the business expanded and became more active.
From Oil to Gas
In early 1980s, Rinnai Korea led the gas equipment industry, established the total quality management system, and recorded 30 to 40% annual increase in sales, experiencing a rapid growth. Having experienced steady growth thanks to the government's introduction of LNG, Rinnai Korea equipped itself with a variety of manufactured goods, highly professional plants, and advanced after-sales service system.
Opened Busan and Gwangju Branches
Manufactured a gas-using flameholder, the first of its kind in Korea, and donated to the 64th National Games
Moved the Seoul Office to Yonsei Bongrae Building, Jung-gu
As the company grew, so did the number of employees at the Seoul Office, reaching 150 people. It moved to a larger office and, around the same time, the 24/7 after-sales service system was constructed.
Released OneTouch Gas Range, the first of its kind in Korea (Model No.: RT-2SV, RT-3SV)
A widely distributed model equipped with safety valves, it gained much popularity from customers at the time.
Established corporate affiliate R&D center
Due to the establishment of a corporate affiliate R&D Center, all R&D activities were divided into two groups, and more professionalized in the process: product development and applied research in development teams while basic research in R&D Center.
Advanced into the gas boiler business full-scale
As LNG was more widely distributed starting in 1987, Rinnai Korea released its first gas boiler product, making a bold but winning move as the leader of the gas equipment industry.
Manufactured and donated the flameholder at the 24th 1988 Seoul Olympics Main Stadium
Started 24/7 year-round after-sales service policy
(Operating Before Service and Happy Call)
In the 90s, Rinnai Korea's after-sales service policies became more systematic and were operated to maximize customer satisfaction.
Constructed Plant 2 equipped with the most advanced facilities for increased production
Launched the first fish griller for restaurants
As the restaurant industry developed along with the improved standard of living, the number of restaurants increased and, in turn, the needs from the store-use kitchen equipment market also increased.
Obtained Korean Industrial Standards (KS) mark for gas range, the first of its kind in Korea (KSB8114)
Achieved 50% share in the gas range market
Surpassed the monthly production volume of 100,000 gas ranges
Donated the gas flameholder for the 10th Seoul Asian Games
Moved Plant 2 of the headquarters
Launched 1-pipe, 2-waterway ratio control gas boiler, the first of its kind in Korea (Model No.: RB-15000S)
Opened Rinnai Day Care Center
Even from today's point of view, opening of Rinnai Day Care Center is a very innovative, advanced action, being the epitome of a company proactively attempting to solve childcare issues often shared by employees who are mothers.
Opened Daejeon Branch
Opened Daegu Branch
Obtained Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) mark for gas range, the first of its kind in Korea
Stepping into the gas boiler market was Rinnai Korea's "bold move" on which the company's future hinged. For Rinnai Korea that has been the successful and dominant No. 1 in the gas range market, preparation to take on a new challenge was necessary through diversification of business items.
Launched RB-16000ST model
This model was mass-produced in a series of submodels including premium and low-cost models by Rinnai Korea. It was operated by a premium LCD remote control and contained a simple timer, the first product in Korea to have such features.
Constructed Rinnai Gangnam Center
Obtained ISO-9001 certification
In 1995, the management slogan was to strengthen its corporate competitiveness through ISO certifications and, thus, company-wide efforts and abilities were focused on acquiring the certifications. As a result, it acquired ISO-9001 certification from Japan's JIA-QA Center for all of its items and processes regarding gas equipment, the first company to do so in the domestic industry.
Constructed Rinnai Building, the company office in Seoul
On May 13th 1995, Rinnai's Seoul Headquarters is constructed on 0.74-acre land in Changcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, residing in a building with 10 ground floors, 2 underground floors and 4.18 total acreage. With the new Seoul Headquarters built, various groups dispersed in Seoul Office and Incheon Plant 2 could now work in the same environment.
Opened Incheon Branch
Developed the first laminated heat exchanger in Korea, KT Mark - Ministry of Science & Technology
Established real-time informational exchange Extranet between HQ and dealers
Operating Extranet through which information related to products are exchanged real-time between headquarters and dealerships enabled a smoother cooperation and strengthened sales and promotion activities.
Established Gyeongsan Logistics Center
Received the Prime Minister award on the 27th Day of Invention (Outstanding Patent Management award by Korean Intellectual Property Office)
Obtained Korean Industrial Standards (KS) mark for gas oven range, the first of its kind in Korea (KSB8115)
Received the World Intellectual Property Organization Director General Award for its gas ratio control technology, at 1993 National Outstanding Invention Exhibit
Declared 1996 as the first year of innovation in management
Opened the online website of Rinnai Korea (www.rinnai.co.kr)
Surpassed sales of 1,000,000 gas boilers, the first one to do so in domestic market
Surpassed total sales of 20,000,000 gas equipment, the first one to do so in domestic market
New Life Culture Creation
At the beginning of a new millennium, Rinnai Korea declared a new vision and reaffirmed its resolution on achieving the vision. The vision of the new millennium is "New Life Culture Creation Company" and aims to consistently increase the market share and actively respond accordingly to the changes in the distribution market, carrying out discount store and e-business projects and advancing to the built-in market, a new future business.
Established Rinnai CS Co., Ltd.
Selected as the Outstanding Company in New Labor-Management Culture
Opened in-house contracting business
Founded Korean Red Cross Rinnai branch
Moved and opened the new Rinnai Day Care Center
Received the President award on the 1st Day of Pregnant Women
Established Rinnai Plus Co., Ltd.
Signed an agreement to sponsor Building House of Love movement
Launched the commercial steam convection oven, the first of its kind in Korea
Receive the 30th Grand Prize in Commerce & Industry
Inaugurated President Kang Young Chul
Received the Bronze Tower Industrial Medal for creating job opportunities
Launched the Smart Wi-Fi boiler
In line with the distribution of Internet of Things, Rinnai released the Smart Wi-Fi Boiler (Model no.: RCM54 / RM531), which notifies the status of the boiler 24/7 via smartphone and enables remote control of all features including heating, water temperature control and timed heating setup anywhere anytime.
President Kang Young Chul received 33rd Incheon Chamber of Commerce & Industry Grand Prize in Social Welfare sector
Developed the Internet-controlled boiler, the first of its kind in the world
Development of the leading-edge gas equipment system, which features the home network high-speed Internet boiler technology, led to the first Internet-controlled boiler in Korea, which enables to control a boiler either outside or inside the home via a PC with Internet
Extended the free warranty period for boilers to 3 years, the first-ever in the industry
Awarded as the Outstanding Company in Employing Senior Citizens
Received the Minister of Environment award, commemorating the 1st Resource Recycling Day
Merged RCE Korea / Declared Zero Debt Management / Participated in Green Energy Contest
Launched Smart Boiler, the first of its kind in Korea
Declaration ceremony for social responsibility practice movement among labor, corporate and government
President award as an Outstanding Company in Middle-age Employment
Held a construction completion ceremony of a 1,000-ton press
Held the commemorative music concert for 40th anniversary of Rinnai Korea's establishment
Providing gas ranges for all Habitat families
Launched "Ramen Cook", automatic ramen-cooking gas range, the first of its kind in Korea