Premium tyre maker Hankook is set to become an Original Equipment manufacturer to Scania. Scania is part of the Volkswagen Group, one of Hankook’s largest OE customers world-wide.
Hankook’s OE business with truck tyres for Scania will focus on Europe and will initially cover 18 dimensions in the 22.5 inch range. The new OE cooperation with Scania is Hankook’s second within the Volkswagen Group in the heavy commercial vehicles segment; Hankook has already been supplying various models within this segment to the MAN Truck & Bus GmbH since 2014.
“The cooperation with Scania in the original equipment segment is real proof of the quality of our products, since the e-cube MAX, SmartFlex and SmartWork lines were all able to meet the stringent specifications of the Scania engineers particularly in terms of performance, efficiency and sustainability,” says Ho-Youl Pae, COO for Europe at Hankook.
Plans include the equipment of all Scania truck and bus model ranges being produced in Europe. Tyres to be used include the e-cube MAX line for international long-haul traffic, a series which has been optimized for rolling resistance, and the new SmartFlex all-year tyre range, designed for flexible use between long-haul and delivery traffic. Construction site and offroad treads from the SmartWork series will also be introduced. Specially adapted for use on vehicles of the EURO 6 emissions class, the designated treads for the steering and drive axle score particularly well for environmental friendliness and service life – important aspects of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) in the commercial vehicles OE business.