European technicians secure best ever results at Kia Skill World Cup
Published | 16/05/2018
Kia’s technicians from France and Denmark awarded Silver and Bronze
Kia Skill World Cup in Seoul promotes technical excellence and encourages healthy competition among colleagues
European technicians aided by comprehensive Board of Winners training
Frankfurt, 16 May 2018 – Kia’s European technicians have recorded their best ever results at the Kia Skill World Cup 2018, with representatives from France and Denmark taking home silver and bronze awards.
The Kia Skill World Cup takes place in Seoul, Korea, promoting technical excellence and encouraging healthy competition among colleagues. Denmark’s Christian Revsgaard Hansen won silver, scoring highly in both written and electronics tests. France’s Matthieu Chevillard picked up bronze, with high scores in both the written and practical elements. The competition’s gold medal went to Meng Lyu from China.
This year’s competition saw 58 technicians from 46 countries gather at the Osan Training Center, in Seoul, where they spent four days taking part in a mixture of practical and written tests. The tests score competitors on engine, chassis and electrical repair. As part of the trip, employees also visited Kia’s production line at the high-tech Hwaseong manufacturing facility, before soaking up some Korean culture and history with a tour of the Gyeongbok Palace.
Fred Sihler, Vice President After Sales, at Kia Motors Europe, commented: “It is great to see our European colleagues compete with the best Kia technicians from around the world and deliver our best ever results as a region. The event promotes a sense of unity among participants, creating a friendly environment where colleagues can learn from each other and push themselves to achieve technical excellence.”
A few weeks prior to the 2018 Kia Skill World Cup, European technicians were rewarded for winning their national skill competitions with a ‘Board of Winners’ trip to Vienna, Austria. As well as attending a bespoke ‘Skill World Cup’ workshop, with some tips on how to succeed in Seoul, participants enjoyed teambuilding exercises and specialist driver training at the Driving Camp Pachfurth. The technicians were also invited to a gala dinner which included a special ceremony to celebrate the national Kia Skill Cup competition winners.
“The Board of Winners event was a good way to prepare for the competition in Seoul,” added Fred Sihler. “The technicians were given some practical advice and tips on what to expect at the Skill World Cup, as well as having some fun building soapbox carts in teams and undergoing specialist driver safety training.”
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