Hankook and Vaculug Partnership for Hankook’s UK and Ireland Retreading Segment

Sanghoon Lee, President of Hankook Tire Europe, Haarjeev Kandhari, Executive Chairman, Vaculug, Guy Heywood, Vice President Marketing Bus & Truck tyres Hankook Tire Europe, Jorge Crespo, Managing Director Vaculug, Michael Evans, Operations Director Vaculug

Hankook’s Alphatread retread brand will be manufactured by Vaculug, in a five-year contract which will ensure consistent supply and quality for Hankook’s customers and offer a sustainable initiative to increase tyre life and avoid unnecessary waste.

Hankook Continues to Make Inroads in Retreading for the UK and Ireland

Hankook continues to focus on its significant retreading business for commercial vehicle tyres by expanding its retread brand “Hankook Alphatread”. Together with Vaculug, in a five-year agreement, Vaculug will manufacture Hankook’s Alphatread retread brand in the UK and will also work on other Hankook products for UK fleets.

Alphatread, part of Hankook's SmartLife Solutions concept showcases the benefits of hot retreads for fleet companies. The tyres can be regrooved, with the carcass retreadable over several uses, allowing for cost-savings, better mileage and an up-to 250% increase in tyre life against new tyres.

“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,” adds 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.”

About the author

Adrian, located in Madrid, is joining the editorial team as a correspondent for the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group. Before starting in 2020 for Commercial Tyre Business, Adrian graduated with an English degree before working within marketing and recruitment in the non-profit sector. Recently he changed direction, undertaking a course in Marketing and International Business as a means towards moving into the journalism field, which he counts as his lifelong ambition.

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