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Hankook bus tires fitment on Public Transport Company in Southern Italy
Tire maker Hankook and Italian distributor Fintyre will provide bus tires to equip the 360 coaches and buses of Ferrovie del Sud-Est, part of the Italian National Railway Company. The types of tires supplied are the SmartTouring AL22 for coaches as well as the SmartCity AU04+, optimized among others for use on electric buses. The service on site is going to be managed by Fintyre.
Sesto San Giovanni, 18 November 2019 – Premium tire maker Hankook will provide the SmartTouring AL22 and the SmartCity AU04+ tires to Ferrovie del Sud-Est, an Apulian transportation company which is also a part of the Italian National Railway Company. The bus tires are going to fulfil the needs of the entire vehicle fleet including 360 buses and coaches for public transport. Hankook will supply the bus tires in cooperation with Fintyre, one of the top Italian distributors of replacement tires and part of the pan-European Fintyre Group platform.
“We are pleased about the new cooperation with Ferrovie del Sud-Est and providing our premium bus tires together with Fintyre’s excellent fleet services”, says Carlo Citarella, Managing Director of Hankook Tire Italia. He further states: “This is an opportunity to show the quality of our products together with Fintyre in a channel where we have not yet been very present in Italy. Our partnerships with fleet companies represent a strategic aim for our truck tire market share growth in Italy”.
Hankook’s SmartTouring AL22 can be used on all axle positions and provides maximum ride and rolling comfort, excellent concentricity, a very low rolling noise and (a common feature of Hankook tires) optimized rolling resistance, fuel efficiency and low wear for particularly efficient travel. The AU04+ is the tire for urban applications that provides driving safety and high mileage which can also be used on all axles. In the stop-and-go driving of city traffic, bus tires must be able to withstand a heavy load and guarantee safe and efficient use at the same time. The innovative tread compound and new tire structure guarantee high safety and make efficient and eco-friendly use in city traffic a reality. The tire is designed for use on electric buses, as well as traditionally powered vehicles. The reinforced sidewall of the tire protects from excessive wear as a result of frequent curb contact. Both the SmartTouring AL22 and the SmartCity AU04+ are all-season tires and have the 3PMSF symbol (3 Peak Mountain Snowflake).
“We are proud to partner a prestigious public utility like Ferrovie del Sud-Est, part of the Italian National Railway Company together with Hankook”, affirmed Francesco Carantani, Fintyre CEO. “The project we are about to start with the Italian National Railway Company is a further demonstration of our distinctive positioning in the industry, based on high quality standards in terms of service and logistics with a high level of efficiency”.