Hankook is supplying various treads patterns of its truck tyre portfolio to the Swedish commercial vehicle manufacturer Scania as well as MAN Truck & Bus AG, which belongs to the Volkswagen Group, as Original Equipment (OE). The OE business with Hankook truck tyres covers dimensions in the 17.5, 19.5, 22.5 and 24 inch range.
Hankook’s European OE Tyre Collaborations
Hankook's tyre ranges have been specially adapted for European conditions 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.
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.
One special feature of the Hankook’s Original Equipment portfolio for MAN are the numerous sizes in the low-line segment and also launching the latest tread patterns, the AL20w, in 355/50R22.5. 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.
MAN joined forces with Hankook since the first quarter of 2015. Stephan Brückner, OE Account Manager for Truck and Bus tyres comments: “The partnership with MAN in the commercial vehicle segment is of great strategic importance to us, as we can now offer further treads and dimensions for light to heavy-duty trucks from MAN. The truck and bus tyre market is of growing importance.”
Hankook is also supplying various treads patterns of its truck tyre portfolio to the Swedish commercial vehicles manufacturer Scania as Original Equipment (OE). 33 dimensions for 22.5 and 24 inches are listed, which fleet customers and transport companies can order from the three European Scania plants in Zwolle (Netherlands), Södertälje (Sweden) and Angers (France). The new Scania XT generation of construction vehicles is one of the models to be equipped with Hankook tyres.
The tyre maker is set to expand its OE business with Scania in size 275/70R22.5. of the SmartCity AU04+ for urban buses. The tyre was also tested under bad weather conditions. It stands out in particular due to its low rolling resistance which helps to ease the strain on the energy storage units of electric-powered public transport vehicles in urban areas.
Stephan Brückner, OE Account Manager for Truck and Bus tyres: “We are looking forward to expanding our cooperation with Scania. We to focus on maximum durability and environmental friendliness when designing tyres, which results in very low costs per kilometre; all our Smart lines were able to completely convince the Scania engineers.”