Hankook is always listening to customers for the right tire and the right service.
CorporateEnvironment protection was one of the most important issues at the 2008 Olympics. Has Hankook got any plans to introduce "green tires"?
This is a global trend, and environmental concerns have been very relevant to the tire industry for a number of years and are an area which Hankook has a strong commitment to. We are continuing to invest in environmentally friendly technologies and innovations that can be applied across and integrated into all our tire products as well as adopting more environmentally friendly practices at both our production facilities and regional offices.Hankook is now building a strong reputation in this area, and in Europe, for example, Stiftung Warentest magazine recognized the Optimo K715 as the most environmentally friendly in its class. Our concerted efforts into specialized environmental friendly and run-flat tires reflect the growing demands from both consumers throughout the world and, importantly, OE manufacturers.
ProductWhat is the challenge in developing tires for the different regional markets? Is it necessary to have different types of tires for different regions?
Yes, because different regions have different prevailing weather and road conditions as well as consumer demands – the comfort of the drive is most important in Korea whereas control is more important in Europe (along with environmental concerns of course – but this is across all markets). One of the strategic advantages of Hankook is that we apply our global technology at a regional and local level across five R&D centres located world-wide. This also, of course, has the inverse effect, allowing innovations from the regional market to feedback into products developed throughout the world. In terms of challenges, cost could hold back other companies in gearing up to have a regionalization of tire development. However, we see this cost being outweighed by the huge benefits of ensuring we are providing the best technology suited to the region; cost will never compromise our pursuit to produce and develop quality, high performing tires.
ProductIn which direction do you have to expand your product line-up to be successful in the future? What are the future trends as far as tires are concerned?
Technological innovation is driving trends for better products, not only limited to high performance tires. Hankook has developed and improved many tire technologies which are protected by patent and have contributed to increasing the brand’s reputation. The company’s range of complex high-performance tires is being continually expanded and receiving more and more positive feedback and awards as “best in class” from major automotive magazines. This includes the creation of a virtual design system to draft and evaluate tires more precisely, as well as other technologies like:
- Technology for optimum tread design in order to develop very lightweight and fuel-efficient as well as ecological tires.
- Technology for predicting tire movement.
- Advanced materials technology.
Hankook is concentrating more and more on the development of advanced tire technologies with a high added value, further distinguishing the brand from its competitors and meeting demands for high-quality tires with an improved performance. We are also placing more efforts in environmental friendly and run-flat tires, reflecting the growing demands from both consumers and OE manufacturers. Hankook is planning to launch environmentally friendly tires which raise fuel efficiency and are a good match for OE hybrid cars.
ServiceWhat sort of service do you provide to customers and end consumers?
Service is of the utmost importance to us and we are constantly striving to improve customer service. We have AS personnel in 30 cities to provide services when and where they’re needed. In addition, we guarantee our customers service within 48 hours, no matter where they are.Hankook also carries out regular TBR safety inspections to guarantee the safety of our customers, with our hotline offering fast advice and service.
CorporateIn terms of Hankook Tire branding, what does “Driving Emotion” mean? Will this slogan remain and be used in advertising messages?
Driving Emotion refers to the emotional experience of drivers when driving a vehicle with tires from Hankook – whether that’s feeling safe and secure because of the grip and control of our tires or being relaxed and having a comfortable journey.
CorporateWhat is the status of Hankook in the research and development area so far? How do Hankook train qualified personnel and run research and development?
Innovation through technology is one of the primary factors that will drive Hankook’s growth and help it become a leading global company.
- We consistently invest 5% of our revenue in R&D every year, und 6% of HANKOOK employees work in R&D.Our global technology expertise is strategically applied at a local level through R&D centres (Korea, China, Germany, Japan and the US) to help us produce tires that meet the demands of consumers, as well as the weather and road conditions in different regions.
CorporateWhat will Hankook be doing to increase brand awareness and preference?
For Hankook, the following activities are under way to raise brand awareness and preference:Expansion of OE business to raise the brand recognition. Focus on supplying tires to well-known overseas vehicle manufacturers. New and additional supply contracts with prominent vehicle manufacturers are expected in the second half of this year.Participation in renowned overseas motor sport competitions. Participation in events held in such places as Germany, UK, Italy, US and Japan. In addition, Hankook is actively taking part in worldwide automotive fairs.Enhancement of brand value and awareness through leading overseas automotive magazines’ tire performance tests. An objective quality evaluation is an underlying value that raises brand profile especially for worldwide consumers.
How to buyHow can I place a bulk order for Hankook products?
Click onto our global network page on our website, and then make an inquiry to the person responsible or visit the Q&A page for the respective region. We will then promptly respond to your inquiry.