Red Dot Design Winners Deliver All-Year Performance

In 2016, the SmartFlex AH35 and SmartFlex DH35 were the winners of the Red Dot Design Award.
With the SmartFlex AH35 and SmartFlex DH35, fleets and forwarding agents benefit from a low-fuel, high-mileague and high-traction all-year tyre solution for the steering and drive axles. It is also possible to fit SmartFlex AH35 to all axles. In 2016, they were presented with the Red Dot Design Award. Whilst the SmartFlex AH31 and SmartFlex DH31 are intended mainly for larger wheel sizes such as 22.5 inch, the SmartFlex AH35 and its counterpart SmartFlex DH35 for the drive axle are designated to the smaller 17.5/19.5 inch sizes.

The Multi-3D sipes anchored in the tread of the SmartFlex AH35 guarantee good traction and promotes driver stability. Furthermore, the special tread design with “semi sipes” ensures an even wear pattern over the entire service life. The mixture of straight and wave-shaped grooves improves water drainage and prevents hydroplaning long-term. Without losing sight of the summer properties, the M+S marking and the 3PMFS symbol (snowflake) indicate that the tyre is also equipped for all wintry weather conditions. The rigidity of the tread blocks promotes particularly fuel-efficient driving. Equally, the special tread design supports even tyre wear so that the Total Cost of Ownership for fleet and forwarding agent companies can be reduced long term in terms of service life. The high mileage and performance of the tyre are guaranteed by a wide contact area.

Just like the steering axle tyre, the drive axle tyre SmartFlex DH35 has M+S marking and the snowflake symbol. In addition, the tyre also has a wide contact area with four zigzag groove lines over the whole tread surface, enhancing mileage and driving performance under different road and traffic conditions. Furthermore, the 3D sipes ensure high traction and low rolling resistance. The innovating tread sipe design supports low rolling resistance and tyre traction for the drive axle in road traffic.

About the author

Richard Wilson is the deputy editor for Commercial Tyre Business. Since 2015, Richard has worked as a correspondent for all of the titles across the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group namely: Retreading Business, Tyre & Rubber Recycling, The Tyreman and Truck and Bus News. Richard has worked on/off from the age of 16 for the company and whilst gaining a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Business Studies at Coventry University, he developed his writing skills at the University paper and more recently writing his own independent blog.


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