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Hankook expands OE portfolio in Europe

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Hankook expands OE portfolio in Europe

Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. is providing tires in six sizes for the new Actros Mercedes-Benz truck in Europe.

Hankook says supplying OE fitments on one of the best-selling heavy duty trucks in Europe further diversifies its brand in a highly competitive market. The company plans to extend its momentum in the heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) segment by increasing supply volume for more tire sizes in the near future.

Hankook will supply four types of tires : AL10 and DL10 long haul tires as well as the AM06 and DM03 on- and off-road tires.

The company says the AL10 is designed to provide users with excellent durability and prevent uneven wear across the tire’s surface with its advanced tread designs. Maximizing handling and control, the AL10 boasts improved stability for greater cornering performance and will be supplied in two sizes – 295/80R22.5 and 385/55R22.5.

The DL10 prevents uneven abrasion from occurring, all while maintaining an outstanding driving performance. The DL10 provides increased long-term longevity by providing high grip and enhanced traction. This model is released in sizes 295/80R22.5 and 315/70R22.5.

In compliance with Euro VI of the European emission standards under which the new Actros was designed, the tires’ cohesive and environmentally-friendly features serve as the optimal fitment for the vehicle with their higher mileage, extra high fuel efficiency and low rolling resistance.

The company says the on- and off-road tires AM06 and DM03 in size 315/80R22.5 deliver enhanced toughness, longer tread-life and improved traction, making it ideal for traversing even the most inhospitable road conditions. The AM06 and DM03 feature high performance, resisting cutting and chipping with their split- and bruise-resistant side wall rubber. It is equipped with a thicker, extended shoulder to prevent sidewall failures, coupled with the outstanding casing durability by computer optimized case construction.

“Our innovation-driven investment in high quality, advanced tires has paid off with today’s OE supply agreement for the Mercedes-Benz Trucks,” says Seung-Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO.  “Hankook Tire will further expand its premium truck tire segment in the coming years by building off the cutting-edge ingenuity of our products.”

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