Nexen Tires is a popular and growing South Korean tire brand that currently exports to over 120 countries around the world. Originally begun in 1942 as Heung-A Tire with a later name change to Woosung Tire, the brand finally decided upon the word Nexen as a derivative of the words “next” and “century.” Today, Nexen really is the tire of the future with an emphasis on innovation and next-level, eco-friendly technology. Through the years, Nexen Tires has always reached for the next cutting-edge manufacturing option, receiving a patent for a special rubber/stratified silicate nano-composite tire in 2006. Because of the increased demand for these and other tires, Nexen has opened numerous manufacturing plants throughout South Korea and China. It also operates offices in the United States as well as around the word. The company currently has global annual sales of over $2 billion. Nexen Tires are used as original equipment on several key models, including vehicles from Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Dodge Ram and Chrysler. Some popular tire choices include the N’Fera SU1 performance tire, N’Priz touring tires and Roadian HTX SUV and light truck tires. Through the years, Nexen has been a strong supporter of racing and team sports around the world. The brand currently sponsors Nexen Tire Speed Racing, the Germany VLN, the CJ Superrace, the US Formula Drift and the Toyota 86. It also partners with Czech ice hockey, the Australian soccer team Melbourne City FC, a German Bundesliga football club and Turkish basketball.