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Date 09/09/2011 Hits 55,736

Category Corporate

Hankook’s European factory is expanding its Original Equipment Manufacturing

Hankook’s European factory is expanding
its Original Equipment Manufacturing

- New Kia Sportage being equipped with European Hankook Tyres
- Volkswagen and Hyundai already supplied from Hankook’s Hungary operations

Neu-Isenburg, Germany / Racalmas, Hungary, 8 September 2011 ? Hankook Tire’s European factory is continuously expanding its OE supply business to the European market. The KIA Sportage, the car maker’s most popular family SUV will from now on come factory equipped with Hankook’s high-performance tyre Optimo K415.

OE supplies play an important role in the operations of Hankook Tire‘s European plant. In line with the continuous investments in the state-of-the-art European factory, the company is making efforts to meet the requirements of leading car makers aiming to increase the OE tyre production rate from the current 10 per cent to 20-25 per cent of the total production during the upcoming years. Besides serving KIA, the Hungarian production site already supplies OE products to the European operations of Volkswagen since 2009 as well as Hyundai since 2008.

Original equipment tyres for the Sportage are delivered from Hankook’s European ultramodern factory in Hungary directly to KIA’s European manufacturing plant in Zilina, Slovakia. As part of its longstanding and successful partnership with KIA, Hankook has already supplied various tyres to the car manufacturer’s Slovakian plant from its Korean facilities. Now, thanks to the new tyre production site in Racalmas, approx. 60 km south of the Hungarian capital Budapest the delivery time has been shortened from the previous 45 days to a maximum of 48 hours.

The dynamically growing automobile manufacturer equips its brand new Sportage model with the Hankook Optimo K415 in the size 225/60R17H. The Sportage has achieved remarkable success in the European market thanks to its sleek, stylish and sporty look and design as well as plenty of premium and integral safety features. Besides KIA, the Optimo K415 is also supplied for Hyundai’s Tucson. Hyundai Tucson is also a compact stylish SUV with advanced safety technologies, which combines the design of a SUV with the sporty performance and fuel-efficiency of a sedan. The high-performance tyre Optimo K415 tyre perfectly fits to that character by providing superb performance both on wet and dry road surfaces for both models without sacrificing other important demands, e.g. for a maximum of comfort and a high mileage.

“High quality and safety standards, combined with stylish advanced and functional design are core values both for the KIA Sportage and Hankook tyres. Following a long history as a global tyre supplier to KIA, we are pleased that from now on we can support KIA with Hankook’s superiority and cutting-edge tyre technology from our state-of-the-art Hungarian production facility,” says Sang II Lee, Managing Director of Hankook Tire Hungary.

Hankook’s European plant is one of the most modern tyre manufacturing facilities worldwide. It started operations in 2007 and was certified according to ISO/TS 16949:2002 already in 2009. The plant thus meets all requirements of car makers, producing tyres for the most demanding European markets with regard to the quality management systems of their original equipment suppliers.

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