The symbol of ‘contribution to country and society’, Daedong
The late Chairman Kim Sam-man establishes Daedong Industrial in Jinju, Gyeongsangnam-do, raising the banner of ‘contribution to country and society’ through the mechanization of agriculture
From its foundation in 1947, the CI that was used in the initial years of Daedong was based on the shape of a cogwheel, a symbol of mechanization and technology, and the name of the company (in Chinese characters) was placed in a circle, which represented prosperity, harmony, and peace. The spirit of ‘contribution to country and society’ that sought to contribute to the development of agricultural areas and Korea through technology development and business was directly reflected in this CI.
The image of a rocket flying into space and the Chinese characters ‘Daedong’ demonstrate the will to pioneer and grow the mechanization of Korean agriculture
The need to change the CI emerged as Daedong started to grow and pioneer the development of agricultural communities, and a new CI was selected on 19 February 1962, which symbolizes contribution to the country and society through a focus on technology. The new CI expressed the Chinese characters ‘Daedong’ (⼤同) but also symbolized the image of a rocket flying into space, representing the will of Daedong to open the era of the steel bull and the willpower to grow. The change of CI was conducted through a public contest of all employees, and the fact that the winner of this contest became the new CI of Daedong symbolized Daedong’s horizontal organizational culture.
The steel bull symbolizing 'Taurus' and ‘Cornucopia’ from the Greek mythology embodies the future orientation of Daedong to become a global agricultural machine company
A new CI was produced in 2004 to mark the 58th anniversary of foundation. Exports started in the 1980s and there was a need to capture the change into a global agricultural machine company, so the CI symbol also captured international significance. The inside of the symbol mark represents Taurus and Cornucopia (the horn of abundance from the Greek myths), and the exterior oval is the first letter O of ‘Outdoor Technology No.1’, symbolizing the world and space. The new CI encompasses the history of the agricultural machine specialist company that opened the era of the steel bull, and also the future-oriented willpower for development heading for the world.
Proclaiming the transition to a ‘future agriculture leading company’ that pioneers digital agriculture, and representing strong passion and spirit of challenge in the sharp, angled steel bull symbol
In 2020, the company name and the CI was changed to embody the challenge to become, not just the No. 1 agricultural machine company in Korea, but a ‘future agriculture leading company’ that pioneers future smart agriculture using cutting-edge ICT technology. The company name was changed from ‘Daedong Industrial Corporation’ to ‘Daedong Corporation’, and the CI was changed to a sharper, angled steel bull symbol. The new CI carries our strong spirit of challenge and willpower for innovation to become a centennial company, a digital agriculture solution company of smart agricultural machines, smart mobility, and precision agriculture, beyond a mere agricultural machine manufacturer.