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The Paik Heavy Industries logo
Paik Heavy Industries (aka Paik Motors, Paik Automotive) (Hangul Korean: 백중공업) is Mr. Paik's South Korea-based company. After returning from the Island, Mr. Paik's daughter, Sun, bought a controlling interest in the company and is now managing director.
References on Lost
In "D.O.C.", the logo in Mr. Paik's office bore the words "Paik Heavy Industries" in Korean.  Jin was also shown wearing a coat with the Paik logo on, and was mentioned as being a floor manager for the company, before becoming a personal employee of Mr. Paik in response to Sun creating a $100,000 debt in his name to be repaid. Later in the same episode, Sun interrupted an unsubtitled Korean conversation between Mr. Paik and his underlings. The translation of this conversation is:
Sun's business card as seen at Lost: The Auction
After returning from the Island, a pregnant Sun visited the Paik offices once again. She once more interrupted a conversation between her father and his associates, wherein they argued about someone who used five different banks accounts to accomplish some unnamed but troubling task, angering Mr. Paik. Sun then revealed that she used her Oceanic compensation to buy a controlling interest in her father's business. Sun left with the promise that the two would soon discuss the future of "our" company. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")
Several years after returning from the Island, Sun met with Charles Widmore in London. When Sun identified herself as "the managing director of Paik Industries", Widmore was quick to comment that he knew her father well. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 2")
In "LA X, Part 2", Jin carried a letter on Paik staionery explaining his reason for carrying the watch he was supposed to deliver in Los Angeles. U.S. Customs officers grew suspicious of Jin and detained him.
References in The Lost Experience
Thomas Werner Mittelwerk
The company was first named by Thomas Mittelwerk on the Hanso Phone Line during Day 1 and Day 2 of The Lost Experience, in Bad Twin, and in other clues from The Lost Experience. It was initially unclear whether or not Paik Heavy Industries had any connection to Sun's father, Mr. Paik's business. Indeed, in one of her Copenhagen blogs, Rachel Blake wrote "The only thing I picked up was a name, 'Paik'. Which is pretty much the Korean 'Jones".'" However, the episode "D.O.C." would confirm the connection.
A Hanso Phone Line message provided the first reference to the company:
You've reached the office of Dr. Thomas Werner Mittelwerk, Senior Vice President, CEO and Chief Technologist of the Hanso Foundation. I will be unreachable for the next three weeks. However, for those employees of Paik Heavy Industries and Widmore Corporation engaged in active projects, I will be continuously updating the confidential information line. Please refer to your project manual for hotline access instructions. Thank you, and, namaste.
Later, with the international release of the novel Bad Twin, more references to the company were given. In the book, the Widmore Corporation was doing a deal to go into partnership with Paik Heavy Industries on a project. The character Clifford Widmore also talks about how his brother Zander was going to deal with the South Korean company directly for the Corporation. However, Clifford disagreed with sending Zander for the task, saying that "Old Man Paik" is "as tough as they come".
Choi's letter to Mittelwerk
The next reference to Paik appeared online during the Lost Experience on June 13th, in a letter to Thomas Mittelwerk from Hoo-Goh Choi (a Korean minister). Though only briefly mentioned, this evidence suggests that Paik Heavy Industries is also involved in motor manufacture:
Dr. Mittelwerk, in recent years, my honorable government has turned a blind eye to the questionable activities of your off-shore research station due to the lucrative business partnerships the Hanso Group has offered the proud people of this nation. Your joint venture with Paik Motors, for example, is a matter of great national pride, and we wish to continue doing that level of business with your firm
Rachel Blake later found further evidence of Paik Heavy Industries collaborating with the Hanso Foundation. In one of her Copenhagen blogs, Rachel recorded a Korean conversation between Mittelwerk and a man named Minsu. After translating the conversation, Rachel began to suspect that Paik Heavy Industries had built a custom ship for the Hanso Group.
The schematic for the Helgus Antonius, showing Paik Heavy Industries in the bottom right corner
MITTELWERK: Minsu, so great to see you.
MINSU: Dr. Mittelwerk. Good to see you too. Mr. Paik sends his warmest regards.
MITTELWERK: He's just saying that because we've paid him so much money.
MINSU: Ah. I see that it's straight to business.
MITTELWERK: As always.
MINSU: I think you'll be pleased to hear your ship is almost ready; with all the modifications. But I have to warn you - this kind of ship can't dock just anywhere.
MITTELWERK: We have a port. How long will it be?
MINSU: I'd say no sooner than three weeks.
MITTELWERK: Could you pass the pepper? So what will it take to make it 2 weeks?
Finally, Rachel's suspicions were proved accurate when she uncovered schematics for a ship called the Helgus Antonius. On the schematics were the words:
Proprietary Medical Vessel
- For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Paik Heavy Industries/Theories
- What were Sun's plans for the company?