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.
Vaculug and Hankook Sign 5-Year Deal
Hankook and Vaculug partner up for Hankook’s Alphatread UK and Ireland
Together with Vaculug, Hankook has signed a five-year agreement. Vaculug, one of Europe’s largest independent retread producers, will manufacture Hankook’s Alphatread retread brand in the UK. Vaculug will also work with the Hankook product as a premium fitment for all its fleets.
“To offer our fleet and dealer partners a cost effective and ecological solution, Hankook continuously invests in its range and volumes of production of premium Alphatread hot-cured tyres. Our new partnership with Vaculug will support our mission to offer attractive and sustainable products. This new agreement also ensures maximum value for our fleet customers,” says Guy Heywood, Vice President Marketing Truck and Bus tyres, Hankook Tire Europe.
On behalf of Vaculug, Jorge Crespo, Managing Director, commented “We are very proud of our association with Hankook and look forward to growing this relationship to new heights. While this agreement is only for an initial period of five years, we as a family have had a relationship with Hankook that goes back over four decades. We look forward to building on that partnership where the next generation of both Vaculug and Hankook help the environment through more sustainable initiatives such as this one.”
The Hankook SmartLife Solutions concept demonstrates the advantages of a hot retread for fleet companies. All Hankook commercial vehicle tyres are designed in such a way that they can be regrooved, while the high-quality carcass can be retreaded several times. These features allow fleet companies to be able to achieve significant economic benefits: 5-9 mm of additional base rubber under the tread delivers up to 25% more mileage after regrooving. Hankook Alphatread hot retreads can deliver up to 100% of the mileage achieved with a new tyre and equivalent performance for around 60% of the cost. If the regrooving and retreading process is continued in line with the Hankook SmartLife Solutions concept, the service life of a new tyre can be increased to 250%. As well as these financial benefits, there are also various benefits for the environment. One of them is the fact that around 70% of the raw materials used in new tyres can be saved during retreading.