Ewan has been editor of Retreading Business since 2006 and of Tyre & Rubber Recycling since the magazine was founded. During this period he has become an expert on the global tyre recycling sector. He has many years' experience as an automotive journalist including a period at Tyres & Accessories.
Alphatread Retreads for the UK Market
The ever-increasing demands in environmental friendliness and the continued pressure upon fleets to reduce their running costs have led to the development of the Hankook ‘Alphatread’ range.
Hankook ‘Alphatread’ for the UK Market
The premium manufacturer’s retread truck tyre line has been specifically designed to maximise mileage as the casings of Hankook’s 1st life A1 grade tyres are used to mirror Hankook’s existing tyre patterns to produce the Alphatread tyre. Products are available in the UK market in two drive axle sizes and a corresponding trailer size.
The Hankook ‘Alphatread’ R-DH05 is a drive axle tyre for medium haul, available in three sizes 295/80R22.5, 315/80R22.5 and now the 315/70 R22.5. With its wide outline and a unique compound, the R-DH05 provides excellent wet and dry performance, driving stability and long-lasting wear. While the extra wide tread and deep grooves ensure high mileage, the optimised block shape also provides block rigidity under heavy loads for an outstanding traction and tread stability.
Furthermore, the lateral oriented tread design with high density grooves help to provide excellent traction in all weather conditions.
The Hankook ‘Alphatread’ R-TH22 sized 385/65R22.5 is the corresponding trailer tyre for medium haul purposes. It provides a 5-rib tread design and a so-called cool running compound for optimum performance. Optimised zigzag grooves care for stone ejection and crack prevention. The wide, solid shoulder area provides a higher mileage and helps to prevent belt separation. Its massive kerfless centre rib enhances free-rolling on axle thus increasing the trailer’s riding stability.
Hankook’s ‘Alphatread’ tyres contribute to the environment by using significantly less raw material as well as energy during manufacturing.