Commercial Business

Hankook will introduce drive tire at MATS

Posted on March 24, 2014

Hankook Tire America Corp. will introduce the Smart Flex DL12 long/regional haul drive position TBR tire at the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky., March 27-29.

The new tire will be available in the third quarter of 2014 in six sizes:

* 11R22.5 14 and 16 ply;

* 11R24.5 14 and 16 ply;

* 295/75R22.5; and

* 285/75R24.5.

Hankook says the Smart  Flex DL12 provides fleet customers with a long/regional haul drive tire that offers excellent traction, tread wear, handling and stability in all weather conditions. Design features include:

* four-channel full-depth zig-zag groove tread pattern offering excellent traction and tread life;

* optimized carcass structure for better ride and handling;

* improved bead profile for superior retreadability; and

* multiple three-dimensional kerf design that adds traction and helps to prevent irregular wear

“The new Smart Flex DL12 offers fleets nationwide an innovative new drive tire which focuses on traction, handling and durability,” says Brian Sheehey, director of commercial tire sales.  “This new tire provides fleets the security and performance benefits they have been asking for in this segment.”

In addition to the new tire, Hankook will display its recently launched e3 Wide DL07 and e3 Wide TL07 ultra wide base drive and trailer position tires at its booth. Unveiled at the 2013 SEMA show, these tires incorporate Hankook’s spiral-coil technology for improved casing durability, an advanced tread pattern to prevent irregular tread wear. Both are approved for Smartway.

Hankook offers 20 truck tire models providing coverage for all truck and bus tire service applications and is available at commercial tire dealer locations.  Hankook also has a number of passenger car, light truck and commercial truck tire original equipment fitments agreements with multiple global, premium vehicle manufacturers.

For more information visit www.hankooktireusa.com

Related Topics: Hankook Tire America Corp., Mid-America Trucking Show, Smart Flex DL12 long/regional haul drive tire

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Brent Windom is returning to Uni-Select, but heading to Canada.
News

Windom is Out at Pep Boys, and Heading to Uni-Select Canada

The man tasked with leading the integration of Pep Boys — Manny, Moe & Jack into investor Carl Icahn’s portfolio of auto parts businesses has left the company. Brent Windom has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Uni-Select Inc.’s Canadian Automotive Group.

News

Tariffs on Imported Steel Affect the Tire Industry

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is investigating the national security implications of steel imports, and the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) has testified consumers, as well as the U.S. military, depend on tires and the availability of certain imported steel is critical.

Vice Chairman and Managing Director Neeraj Kanwar (left), Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Chairman Onkar Kanwar celebrate the opening of the Apollo Tyres Ltd. plant in Budapest.
Article

Apollo Opens Tire Plant in Hungary, Looks for Growth in the U.S.

The opening of Apollo Tyres Ltd.’s new $500 million consumer and commercial tire plant outside of Budapest, Hungary, last month was a huge global event. Said to be the largest investment by an Indian-based company in Hungary, the grand opening drew a visit from Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

BKT says its tire ranges for spreaders are highly specialized, making operations both productive and comfortable.
News

BKT Offers a Range of Tires for Spreaders

The latest tires for spreaders from Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) are designed to provide stability, load and flotation capacity, even on the most fragile soil.

News

OTR Tire Makers Appeal Tariffs

Eight tire manufacturers who produce off-the-road tires in China have filed complaints or other court papers saying the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) erred when it recalculated tariff rates. This week Titan Tire Corp. and the United Steelworkers (USW) joined the appeal.

Anne Forristall Luke believes as the USTMA better explains the part it plays in consumer safety, consumers will be more likely to ask what part they need to play to keep travel safe.
News

The RMA Is Changing Its Name

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) is rebranding itself, and its new name is more focused on what its members do — manufacture tires in the United States.

News

Bauer Built Awards $6,000 in Annual Scholarships

Since 1994 Bauer Built Inc. has recognized the children and grandchildren of its employees through the G. F. “Sam” and Ethel V. Bauer/Bauer Built Inc. Scholarship program. Four high school seniors have earned the prize in 2017.

News

Titan's Union Workers Approve New Contract

United Steelworkers (USW) members working at Titan International Inc. plants in Des Moines, Iowa, Freeport, Ill. and Bryan, Ohio have ratified a new five-year contract.

The Bridgestone Europe headquarters in Zaventem.
Article

Bridgestone in Europe! Building on Continued Success

As I am sure all MTD readers can appreciate, Europe is currently in the grip of a number of significant business trading changes including a fluctuating economy and the very real prospect of the UK market eventually leaving the European Union.

Article

Cost Pressures Will Likely Continue to Build

According to the results of our survey, demand for passenger and light truck replacement tires declined in March. Indeed, from a volume standpoint, the dealers reported they sold 0.8% fewer tires in March relative to the previous year’s period. The decline marks the third straight month of poor results versus the prior year’s period. However, on more a positive note, trends improved sequentially.

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!