Consumer Tires

Hankook partners with Lanxess on HP tire R&D

Posted on February 28, 2014
(Left to right): Dr. Sang Ju Lee, senior vice president and head of Global R&D at Hankook Tire, and Dr. Joachim Grub, head of the Lanxess Performance Butadiene Rubbers business unit, signed a memorandum of understanding on Feb. 26, 2014.

(Left to right): Dr. Sang Ju Lee, senior vice president and head of Global R&D at Hankook Tire, and Dr. Joachim Grub, head of the Lanxess Performance Butadiene Rubbers business unit, signed a memorandum of understanding on Feb. 26, 2014.

Hankook Tire Co. Ltd., the Seoul, South Korea-based parent company of Hankook Tire America Corp., has signed a memorandum of understanding for the formation of a strategic technological partnership with Lanxess, the world’s largest synthetic rubber supplier, to co-develop synthetic rubber technologies for high-performance tires.

Under this agreement, the two companies will jointly study the development of new high-performance synthetic rubber grades and applications, which will increase the performance of tires from early stages of product development.

Targeted at the fast-growing high-performance tire market, Hankook says this agreement builds upon an ongoing close partnership between Hankook Tire and Lanxess. The initial partnership began in 2008 for the supply of core materials for high-performance tires such as solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) and neodymium performance butadiene rubber (Nd-PBR).

The newly established technical partnership will strengthen the ties between the two companies and expand the collaboration areas in the development of core synthetic rubber solutions for high-performance tires.

The company says this form of technical partnership represents part of Hankook Tire’s continued R&D efforts. Coupled with the company’s investment for a new Central R&D Center and a Test Engineering Center in Korea, this additional R&D effort based on a far more interactive knowledge sharing with the partner company is expected to accelerate Hankook Tire’s pursuit to further advance its technological prowess beyond competition.

“Based on our proven technological excellence, Hankook Tire has been focusing on high-performance tire sector and has made continuous R&D and investment efforts as part of our pathway towards becoming a global top-tier tire company,” said Dr. Sang Ju Lee, senior vice president and head of Global R&D at Hankook Tire.

“Our continued R&D efforts with this technical partnership will further contribute to solidify our position as a global premium tire maker with even more advanced tire technology.”

"Lanxess has a strong reputation for sophisticated and customized R&D efforts and 'innovation' as its key driving force,” said Dr. Joachim Grub, head of the Lanxess Performance Butadiene Rubbers business unit.

“In this this new technical partnership, we will assist Hankook Tire to achieve a key position as a global tire company of high-quality products based on leading-edge technologies."

Lanxess provides high-performance synthetic rubbers to global leading tire companies. In October 2013, the company launched two new easy processing Nd-PBR rubber grades -- Buna Nd 22 EZ and Buna Nd 24 EZ -- aimed the fast-growing high-performance tires market, especially in Asia.

For more information visit www.hankooktire.com.

Related Topics: Dr. Joachim Grub, Dr. Sang Ju Lee, Hankook Tire Co. Ltd., Lanxess

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
News

‘Sunday Is Just a Hell of a Day of Racing’

Clint Bowyer is as big of a racing fan as anyone sitting in the grandstands or watching on television. The Emporia, Kansas native races in NASCAR, runs his own Dirt Late Model team, and has his motorhome television dialed into racing most of the time.

News

ZC Rubber Opens R&D Center

Zhongce Rubber Group Co Ltd. (ZC Rubber) has opened a research and development center in China in cooperation with a state-owned research and development institute.

News

Pirelli's Monaco Grand Prix Preview

Having brought the three hardest compounds in the range to the last grand prix in Spain, Pirelli now brings the three softest compounds to a completely different type of circuit, Monaco, featuring soft, supersoft and ultrasoft.

News

Two-Time Indy Lights Vice Champion Harvey Set For 500 Debut

At the end of not one but two successive seasons, Jack Harvey found himself watching from the second step of the season-ending podium as another driver took the Mazda scholarship prize package that would propel him into a ride in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

The Haas VF-17 models it's new suit.
News

Dressed To Impress In Monaco

In addition to keeping up with the Ferraris, Mercedes and Red Bulls at Monaco, one must also keep up with the Joneses. That’s why Haas F1 Team is bringing an updated livery to its already quick and ever-improving Haas VF-17.

News

Hunter Wheel Balancer Earns GM Approval

General Motors Co. (GM) is calling a wheel balancer manufactured by Hunter Engineering Co. an essential tool for use in its service facilities in the United States.

News

Veach Takes Mazda Road To Indy Lessons To The Indy 500

When the green flag flew at Barber Motorsports Park last month, it was the realization of a dream for Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires veteran Zach Veach. Taking the lessons honed over six years on the prestigious developmental ladder system, Veach made good on the promise he first envisioned as a child, when the 4-year-old Veach declared to his parents that he wanted to be a race car driver.

News

AMSOIL Named Presenting Sponsor Of 2017 TORC Series

First in synthetics and first in off-road racing, Wisconsin-based AMSOIL returns as TORC’s presenting sponsor for 2017. The 13-round racing season marks the ninth year that the respected synthetic lubricants have backed TORC: The Off-Road Championship.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from MTD delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the tire industry and don't miss a thing!