Issue: Sep 2014


Hankook Becomes OEM Supplier to MAN



by Alan Tran

    Tyre manufacturer Hankook will be supplying Original Equipment for various MAN heavy-duty trucks in future. The MAN Truck & Bus AG headquarters based in Munich/Germany are one of the largest truck manufacturers in Europe and a pioneer in the field of efficient transport solutions thanks to numerous innovative technologies. From the first quarter 2015 onwards, Hankook will be supplying its truck tyre ranges e-cube MAX, SmartFlex and SmartWork for various MAN models to the manufacturer's production facilities in Germany, Austria and Poland. The tyre ranges have been specially adapted for European conditions boasting both ecological and economic advantages.

From 2015, premium tyre manufacturer Hankook will be an OEM supplier to MAN. The MAN Truck & Bus AG belongs to the Volkswagen Group, one of Hankook's largest OE customers worldwide.

The OE business with Hankook truck tyres for MAN will initially concentrate on the European market and cover 25 tyre sizes in the 22.5 and 24-inch range.

    The vehicles to be equipped include the award-winning MAN vehicle ranges TGX, TGM and TGS for national and international heavy-duty transport. e-cube MAX tyres which have been optimised in terms of rolling resistance are to be used for international long-haul traffic, the new SmartFlex all-season tyre range is foreseen for flexible use between long-haul and distribution traffic, as well as construction treads from the SmartWork range. Specially adapted for use on vehicles of the EURO 6 emission class, the treads - both as special steering and drive axle versions - score highly for environmental friendliness and mileage, both of which are relevant to the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) for Original Equipment



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