Hankook to supply more tyre sizes to MAN
Hankook is to supplier 36 sizes of tyres as an OE supplier to MAN.
At the 66th IAA for Commercial Vehicles, the company will present 19 new dimensions of various Hankook truck tyre lines such as the e-cube MAX, SmartFlex and SmartWork series. The commercial vehicles specialist and the tyre maker have been cooperating since the first quarter of 2015. Ho-Youl Pae, Hankook COO for Europe comments: “The expansion of OE business in the commercial vehicles segment with MAN is of great strategic importance to us, as we can now offer further treads and dimensions for light to medium-duty trucks from MAN.”
The tyres will be fitted to the multi-award-winning MAN vehicle series TGX, TGS, TGM and TGL which are used for national and international long-haul, delivery and construction site traffic. Tyres used include the e-cube MAX line, which is tried-and-trusted for international long-haul traffic, the new SmartFlex all-year tyre range for flexible use between long-haul and delivery traffic, as well as construction site treads from the SmartWork series. Specially adapted for use on vehicles of the EURO 6 emission class, the treads – both as special steering and drive axle versions – score highly for environmental friendliness and mileage. This is also relevant to the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), important for Original Equipment.
One special feature of Hankook’s OE tyre portfolio for MAN are the new sizes in the low-line segment. With these, the premium tyre maker is demonstrating that its portfolio has already integrated the current market trend, namely the growing importance of low-line sizes in the truck business.