Hankook wins OE fitment on Ford trucks
Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. is expanding its original equipment portfolio in North America, supplying tires for Ford Motor Co.'s new 2016 F-650/F-750 medium duty trucks.
As an OE supplier, Hankook will provide Ford with four different patterns (AH11, AH22, DH07, and DH15). The AH11 and DH07 will be available in 245/70R19.5 and 265/70R19.5, while the AH22 and DH15 will be available in size 275/80R22.5.
Hankook says it has been involved in the development of the Ford 2016 F-650/F-750 since 2013, and the tire maker is calling this OE contract "a strategic advancement" which shows the company as a global credible partner in North America.
“Hankook Tire is currently focusing on diversifying our radial truck tire line-up, and the recent Ford 2016 F-650/F-750 OE supply agreement with Ford will be the foundation that we build on to accelerate our business in North America.” says ,, vice chairman and CEO of Hankook.
The AH11 is designed for trucks operating in urban conditions. The tire’s enhanced resistance to uneven wear as well as chips and cuts from external shocks or heavy loads helps to prolong its lifespan. The AH11 also adopts a structural design that ensures maximum user performance for extended high-speed driving. The advanced tire also meets the needs of commercial vehicle drivers with what Hankook says is exceptional fuel efficiency.
The DH07 incorporates an optimized pattern design, as well as an innovative belt structure that minimizes the motion of its interior belts. This reduces the heat generated by the tires and improves overall driving stability. Simultaneously, the DH07’s 3D kerf technology allows it to maintain traction and offers a higher mileage lifespan based on its strong resistance to external damage.
With a tread compound focused on reducing abnormal wear, the AH22 offers superior driving comfort and improved handling performance.
The DH15 provides drivers with excellent braking control as well as enhanced stability in all-season conditions including snowy roads.
Hankook's partnership with Ford began in 1999, and the tire maker previously has supplied tires for a number of vehicles, including the Explorer, Edge, Mustang and the top-selling F-150.
For more information, visit Hankook Tire’s global website at www.hankooktire.com/global.