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Hankook is OE on more trucks in Europe

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Hankook is OE on more trucks in Europe

Hankook Tire Corp. Ltd. is expanding its range of light to medium duty truck tires for the European market. The company’s AH11 pattern for the steer axle and DH05+ for the drive axle are to be fitted to several Mercedes-Benz Atego Euro VI models.

The tire patterns will be fitted to several Mercedes-Benz Atego Euro VI models in sizes 215/75R17.5, 235/75R17.5, 265/70R19.5 and 285/70R19.5 depending on the vehicle specification.

Hankook says its engineers focused on optimizing performance including a significant reduction in rolling resistance combined with excellent handling, high wet braking abilities and long lasting durability.

The AH11 all position, medium haul pattern for the steering axle as well as all round use, prevents uneven wear, and provides enhanced durability, according to the company. Two-tiered tapered shoulders inhibit wandering. Multi-kerfs on grooves and large-angled groove walls improve handling and stability. The pattern is also designed to lower operating costs.

The DH05+ drive axle, medium haul pattern has been designed for minimum performance alterations in changing road and weather conditions, according to Hankook. The cross-section pattern design and deep grooves improve traction. A block pattern was applied for even wear. DH05+ also displays excellent driving and braking capabilities on wet roads.

Hankook says its overall growing OE presence in the truck segment is expected to further stimulate its business in major markets, including the premium commercial vehicle segments for long-distance and heavy duty trucks.

Supplying tires to leading global truck manufacturers shows that as in the car business, Hankook’s technological advancement has been duly acknowledged in the truck business as well as the car business, according to Seung Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO.

“Continuous development of our premium products followed by our selection as original equipment supplier to Mercedes-Benz Trucks is yet another critical proof point of our strong brand and advanced technological capability. In particular it documents our undisputed high end product quality.

“As our growth continues in the years ahead, we look forward to soon expanding further in the premium truck tire market.”

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