Basics completes innovation

In 1939,
Burim Corporation was founded in a
small thatched-roof house in Incheon.

This is where DL, Korea’s first construction company, started.
Why did we start a business in the empty plain where only a small number of houses exist?
DL Founder Suam Lee, Jae-joon thought:
“This place is in the approximate middle point between the Incheon and Yeongdeungpo industrial areas, so it will become a hub of Gyeongin Industrial District.”

In 1947,
the dream of
DL began.

When construction materials were brought in by Burim Corporation, they went out of stock soon.
This is because demand for wood soared as time went by.
“We will produce hardwood and mill them even though other wood corporations (stores) buy and sell milled wood.”

Burim Corporation was unique in treating customers.
We asked customers where they were going to use the wood.
“Send good materials by researching the materials suitable for each customer’s use, beyond simply sending the proper quantity.”

In 1947, Burim Corporation changed its name to Daelim and started to make drawings on blank paper, an auxiliary material in construction.
82 years is the history of innovation accumulated by DL by sticking to the principles and basics and showing true heart.

1939
  • DL E&C

    Burim Corporation was established in front of Bupyeong Station, Gyeongin Line

1947
  • DL E&C

    Company renamed Daelim Industrial Co., Ltd.

  • DL E&C

    Completed Bupyeong Police Station, the first construction project of DL

1966
  • DL E&C

    First company to earn foreign currency from construction work abroad

    Won a Vietnamese port construction project
1967
  • DL E&C

    Commenced construction of Gyeongin Expressway, Korea’s first expressway

  • DL E&C

    Completed Daelim APT & Store, Korea’s first commercial-residential building

1968
  • DL E&C

    Commenced construction of Gyeongbu Expressway, a national economic main artery

1973
  • DL E&C

    The first Korean contractor entered the Middle East

    installation of Saudi Arabia’s refinery boilers
1975
  • DL E&C

    The first Korean contractor entered Kuwait

    machine repair of Shuaiba Pumping Station
  • DL E&C

    The first Korean contractor entered Iran

    Isfahan military plant construction
  • DL E&C

    The first Korean contractor entered Africa

    South Africa’s refinery construction
  • DL E&C

    Completion the National Assembly

1978
  • DL Motors

    Established Daelim Machinery Co., Ltd.

  • DL E&C

    Completed the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

1980
  • DL E&C

    Development of CI for the first time in Korean construction company

1981
  • GLAD

    Opened Jeju Grand Hotel

1984
  • DL Motors

    Registered as a partner firm of Hyundai Motor and started business trade

  • DL E&C

    Completed construction of the 1988 Seoul Olympics Main Stadium

1987
  • DL Chemical

    Completed the merger of Honam Ethylene and launched Daelim Petrochemical Division

1988
  • DL E&C

    Completed phase 1 construction of Peace Dam

1993
  • DL Chemical

    Developed manufacturing technology of polybutene and established the plant

  • DAELIM CULTURAL FOUNDATION

    Established the Hallim Art Museum

1997
  • DAELIM CULTURAL FOUNDATION

    Opened Korea’s first photo-specializing art gallery, Hallim Art Museum

1999
  • DL Chemical

    Founded Yeocheon NCC in collaboration with Hanwha in the NCC sector

2000
  • DL E&C

    Launched Korea’s first brand apartment

    Yongin Bojeong e-PyunhanSesang
  • DL Chemical

    Established Polymirae in collaboration with Montell in the PP sector

  • DL E&C

    Opened a Housing Culture Center for the first time in the construction industry

  • DL E&C

    Completed Seohae Bridge, Korea’s first steel composite cable-stayed bridge

  • DL E&C

    Completed Iran’s Karun Dam

2003
  • DL E&C

    Completed Samcheonpo Bridge, Korea’s first cable-stayed bridge designed and constructed by Korean technology

  • DAELIM CULTURAL FOUNDATION

    Late Chairman of the Board Han, Woo-jung awarded the French Order of Arts and Letters “Chevalier”

  • DL E&C

    Orange service implemented for the first time ever

2005
  • DL E&C

    Completed Cheonggyecheon restoration project

2006
  • DL Motors

    Adopted mega casting facilities (3,550 tons) for the first time in Korea

2007
  • DL Chemical

    Succeeded in the commercial production of Korea’s first metallocene polyethylene (mPE)

  • DL Motors

    Received the Grand Prize in the Hyundai/Kia Motors’ R&D Division Technology Awards

    New technology “Theta engine and Tau Engine” developed
  • DL E&C

    Commenced construction of Yi Sun-Sin Bridge, Korea’s largest and the world’s fourth suspension bridge

2009
  • DL Chemical

    Developed highly reactive polybutene and operated a PB2 commercial plant

2010
  • DL Chemical

    Korea’s first commercialization of highly reactive polybutene

  • DL Motors

    Started to mass-produce Hyundai Powertech six-speed valve body/US

  • DL E&C

    Completed Gwanghwamun Plaza

2012
  • DAELIM CULTURAL FOUNDATION

    Changed MI(Museum Identity) to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Daelim Museum

  • DL Motors

    Awarded the Prime Minister’s Commendation as an excellent company in fair trade compliance

  • DL E&C

    Completed Korea’s first complex cable-stayed bridge, Cheongpung Bridge

  • DAELIM CULTURAL FOUNDATION

    Opened D Project Space, Bead-Collection Billiard Saloon

    Guseulmoa Billiard Saloon
2013
  • DL E&C

    Suspension bridge technology developed for the sixth time in the world, completed Yi Sun-Sin Bridge with Korea’s own technology

  • DL Energy

    Established Daelim Energy

  • DL Energy

    Acquired 851MW Millmerran Power Station

    DL Group’s first overseas M&A
2014
  • DL E&C

    Completed Singaporean MCE

  • DL Energy

    Commercial operation of 1,560MW Pocheon Combined Cycle Power Plant

  • GLAD

    Launched DL Group’s Hotel brand “GLAD” and opened Glad Hotel Yeouido

2015
  • DL Chemical

    Developed Korea’s first polybutene technology and exported the product to the U.S. market

  • GLAD

    Changed Maison Glad Jeju Hotel name and opened it through renovation

  • DAELIM CULTURAL FOUNDATION

    Opened D Museum in Hannam-dong

2016
  • DL Energy

    Established EMA Power, a USD 200 million joint venture, with IDB Fund

  • DL E&C

    Completed Saudi Arabia’s Ma’aden Ammonia Plant

  • DL E&C

    Completed Hantangang River Dam

2017
  • DL E&C

    Completed the Pyeongchang Olympics Sliding Center, the first sled game center made with Korea’s own technology

  • DL E&C

    Completed Malaysia’s Manjung 5 Coal-fired Power Plant

  • DL E&C

    Completed Brunei’s Sungai Bridge

2018
  • DL Motors

    Won the order of battery components for Volkswagen from LG Chem

  • DL Energy

    Started commercial operation of Poseung Cogeneration Plant

  • DL E&C

    Completed Korea’s largest S-Oil RUC Project

  • DL Energy

    Closed financing for Jordan’s 52MW Fafila Wind Farm

2019
  • DL Energy

    Closed financing for the US 1,085MW Niles Combined Cycle Power Plant

  • DL E&C

    Completed Cheonsa Bridge

  • DL E&C

    Completed Brunei’s Temburong Bridge

  • DL Motors

    Won the order for motor housing manufacture, an electric vehicle part, from Hyundai Mobis

2020
  • DL Chemical

    Acquired Cariflex

  • DL FnC

    Physical division of DL FnC from DL

  • DAELIM CULTURAL FOUNDATION

    Relocated D Project Space Bead-Collection Billiard Saloon(Guseulmoa Billiard Saloon) to Gwanghwamun D Tower

  • DL E&C

    Completed ACRO Seoul Forest

2021
  • DAELIM CULTURAL FOUNDATION

    D Museum expanded and relocated to Seongsu-dong, Seongdong-gu

  • DL E&C

    Daelim was divided into three companies (DL Holdings, DL E&C, and DL Chemical), and DL Group was launched.

  • DL E&C

    Company building was relocated from Daelim Building in Gwanghwamun to D Tower in Donuimun, and DL’s Donuimun era has started.