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PANASIA Develops Eco-Friendly Ship Equipment…’4 First Business’ Shines Amid Crisis
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PANASIA Develops Eco-Friendly Ship Equipment…’4 First Business’ 


Shines Amid Crisis





 

PANASIA CEO Lee Soo-tae (right) discussing product exports post Covid-19 in the plant at Busan Mieum Industrial Complex.  


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“Our 4 First business strategy ‘See First; Do First; Strike First; Occupy First’ shall lead us to overcome Covid-19 and 

 

secure an unrivaled position in the domestic and overseas market

 

 

 

 

Lee Soo-tae, CEO of the marine equipment supplier, PANASIA, noted in his interview with the Korea Economic Daily on 

 

the 24th that PANASIA’s driving force for its quantum leap is the ‘4 First’ business’” and stressed that they are “still 

 

committed to technology development while bracing for the export market crisis caused by the unprecedented Covid-19.”

 

 

 

 

The 4 First Business formulated by the president Lee is to ‘See First’ which refers to creating a perspective to predict 

 

attractive businesses by obtaining information and reading books; and ‘Do First’ which refers to taking the first step in 

 

technology development by investing in R & D. Only in this way can one ‘Strike First’ and takeover the market when it 

 

approaches and as a result ‘Occupy First’ an unrivalled position in the market.

 

 

 

 

PANASIA’s success has been built on this philosophy. While most marine equipment suppliers were focused on 

 

production and shipment of existing equipment, he had a vision that reducing air pollution of ships would create new 

 

growth engines for the future. He leaped into developing eco-friendly parts starting with the de-SOx device in July 2012 

 

and completed its basic design in December 2013. The first de-SOx device launched in 2014, and by 2018 the third 

 

generation had been developed.

 

 

 

 

While the European businesses held a firm grip on the market for de-SOx devices, PANASIA developed its own 

 

technology and gained respect in the global market. It received recognition for developing its own technology and was 

 

awarded the IR52 Jang Young Sil Award by the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology. Despite the long-term 

 

recession in the ship industry, it boldly invested in the ‘Smart Factory’ and was able to smoothly ease into the orders 

 

pouring in after 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

R & D and investment into its workforce has made PANASIA be where it is today. Despite the severe long-term 

 

economic crisis in the ship industry, president Lee imposed an ‘asymmetrical strategy.’ The harder the times, the more 

 

he invested into technology development. As a result, it was always a step ahead of its competitors in development, 

 

and took over the market.

 

 

 

 

PANASIA holds a firm philosophy in securing talent by training future talents in Busan. President Lee said that “investing 

 

in talents in the ship industry in Busan, has made key technology development possible” and added that the company 

 

will “continue to search for talented people within the region and grow together.”

 

 

 

 

Despite the economic crisis in the ship industry, PANASIA’s eco-friendly ship products such as de-SOx equipment for 

 

ships, increased in exports last year by 497% compared to the previous year. Owing to this, in 2019 its ballast water 

 

management system was top 2 in the global market share, and its de-SOx scrubber system was top 1 in global market 

 

share; it received the 2019 Busan Export Award 100-million-dollar Export Tower Award and was honoured with the 125th 

 

Korea’s Trader of the Month Award.

 

 

 

 

 

President Lee received recognition in the ‘marine sector’ during the 21st Busan Culture Awards held in the auditorium on 

 

the 2nd floor of the headquarters of Busan Bank. Busan Culture Awards honors outstanding individuals or groups in the 

 

marine, volunteer, business, culture/arts sector. Lee was acknowledged for his contribution to the development of the 

 

local economy through technology and for using its technology-centered business to lead in protecting the air and 

 

ocean environment. In 1989, when Korean-made marine equipment were still quite uncommon, the company started as 

 

Beom-A Precision Engineering with the goal to localize measurement systems for ships, and was later praised for 

 

developing eco-friendly equipment in preparation for environmental restrictions imposed by the International Maritime 

 

Organization, and for pioneering the marine equipment global market.  

 

 

 

 

 

President Lee, said “we have put every effort into developing eco-friendly marine equipment despite the economic crisis 

 

in the marine industry, and are now confident that even in a traditional industry sector, proper development of 

 

technology can increase sales and jobs” and stressed that he “will further expand his search for new eco-friendly 

 

businesses.”