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Hankook Tire expands OE portfolio

Hankook Tire has further expanded its original equipment (OE) portfolio in the heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) and medium duty segment as part of its existing OE agreements for Mercedes-Benz Trucks: Actros, Antos, Arocs, Econic and Atego.

The updated tyre selection includes the e-cube MAX AL10+ and DL10+ as well as the SmartFlex AH31 and DH31, the company’s highly reputed flagship products for the European market.

Hankook will additionally provide multiple options for 22.5 inch tyres, the best-selling TBR tyre size in Europe. Extending the OE fitment of the most-demanded heavy duty and medium duty trucks further strengthens the Hankook brand in a highly competitive market and is yet another milestone in the company’s endeavour for sustainable growth in the TBR business.

The e-cube MAX AL10+ (all position long haul) utilises linear grooves with waved walls to prevent uneven wear, enhancing durability and providing improved long-term fuel efficiency. The improved tread compound and high load index of the AL10+ increases fuel efficiency while simultaneously increasing load capacity. The e-cube MAX DL10+ (drive axle long haul) offers drivers excellent traction with its three-dimensional kerfs as well as superior long mileage performance with extra-wide tread blocks and deep grooves. The block supporter also provides the DL10+ with boosted longevity and low rolling resistance. Both of these tread patterns will be supplied in three sizes 315/80R22.5, 315/70R22.5 and 315/60R22.5.

The hybrid line SmartFlex AH31 is an all-season TBR tyre well-suited for variable road conditions, providing even wear and long mileage performance with significantly lower rolling resistance. The revolutionary drive axle tyre SmartFlex DH31 is perfectly matched for a number of different applications with its cutting-edge technology providing excellent traction in a number of different operating conditions including regional, long-haul and winter conditions due to the 3PMSF (Three Peak Mountain Snowflake) whilst guaranteeing high mileage durability. The SmartFlex AH31 and SmartFlex DH31 will be available in three sizes, the 315/80R22.5, 315/70R22.5 and 295/80R22.5 for the new Actros.

Equipped with M+S and 3PMSF labelling, the e-cube Max DL10+ and SmartFlex series will serve as the optimal fitments for commercial trucks looking to increase their durability and handling performance.

In 2014, Hankook Tire was selected as an OE supplier for Mercedes-Benz medium duty ‘Atego’ trucks and heavy duty ‘Actros’ trucks. Based on its position as a strategic partner for leading automakers like Mercedes-Benz, Hankook Tire has built a reputation for global top-tier technology and quality products in the TBR segments.