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Title 03/22/2012 - Hankook Tire to Supply Premium Truck Tires as Original Equipment Fitment for Daimler Trucks North America’s Freightliner Trucks
Date 03/23/2012 Count 16501

Hankook Tire to Supply Premium Truck Tires as Original Equipment Fitment for Daimler Trucks North America's Freightliner Trucks

  • Hankook Tire reaches agreement with Daimler Trucks North America to supply truck tires for Freightliner Cascadia and Coronado models
  • Two types of Long haul tires, AL11 and DL11 will start shipping to DTNA's assembly plants in the U.S. and Mexico beginning in May 2012

Wayne, NJ, March 22, 2012 - Hankook Tire, the seventh-largest and one of the fastest growing tire companies in the world, announced today at the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show, that it has been selected as new original equipment (OE) tire manufacturer by leading medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturer Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). Under terms of the agreement, Hankook Tire will be a major supplier for Freightliner Cascadia and Coronado models starting in May of this year. The two flagship Freightliner trucks will be equipped with Hankook Tire's fuel efficient AL11 steer and DL11 drive tires.

"An OE agreement like this one with a leader such as DTNA is yet another critical proof point of our strong brand, investment in R&D, and leading technology here in the United States," said Mr. Soo Il Lee, President, Hankook Tire America Corp. "As our growth continues throughout 2012 and in the years ahead we look forward to extending not only this relationship but also expanding further in the premium truck tire market."

Hankook Tire's AL11 and DL11, which will be installed in Freightliner Cascadia and Corondo models, have already been recognized by the EPA with Smartway Certification for their environmental performance. AL11 Long haul Steer tires are optimized for long haul driving conditions providing longer mileage while its innovative pattern design offers improved steering and handling. For DL11 Long haul Drive tires, Hankook applies a unique Three Dimensional Kerf design that minimizes abrasion while maintaining superior traction control. DL11 also comes with a whole new pattern design and compound developed specifically to achieve seamless performance and increased fuel efficiency for the Freightliners. Supply will begin in May of this year.

Hankook Tire has displayed its full line of premium commercial truck tires at the Mid-America Trucking Show, the largest show of its kind in the United States, since 2005. In 2011 Hankook unveiled its new commercial tire trade show booth at the Mid-America Trucking Show to positive media and dealer response.

Hankook currently offers 17 truck tire models providing coverage for all truck and bus tire service applications and is available at more than 700 servicing commercial tire dealer locations. Additionally, Hankook has a number of passenger car, light truck and commercial truck tire original equipment fitments agreements with several global, premium vehicle manufacturers.

Image: From Left to Right:
Andrew Zeisser, Vice President, Hankook Tire North American OE
Daniel Grimes, Director Procurement Chassis, Daimler Trucks North America
Dr. Holger Steindorf, Global Head of Procurement Daimler Trucks and Buses
Soo Il Lee, President, Hankook Tire America Corp.
Carsten Kirchholtes, General Manager Procurement, Daimler Trucks North America
Byungil Woo, Vice President, Hankook Tire Global OE Division

Image: Hankook AL11 and DL11

Image: Freightliner Cascadia

About Hankook Tire America Corp.

Hankook Tire America Corp. is a growing leader in the U.S. tire market, leveraging investments in technology, manufacturing and marketing to deliver high quality, reliable products that are better for consumers and the environment. Headquartered in Wayne, N.J., Hankook Tire America Corp. markets and distributes a complete line of high performance and ultra-high performance passenger tires, light truck, SUV tires, as well as medium truck and bus tires to more than 400 independent dealers through 3000+ retail sales locations in the United States.

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