Hankook enters trailer tire market

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Hankook has entered the trailer tire market with the introduction of the Vantra Trailer range, consisting of a standard trailer tire and the high-load TH31 variant.

The Vantra Trailer will be released in nine sizes, while the Vantra Trailer for high loads (TH31) will be released in three. The tires are intended for use on vehicles such as campers, fifth wheel trailers, travel trailers, flatbed/hauling trailers, boat trailers and horse trailers.

According to Hankook, the Vantra Trailer’s tread features a high stiffness pattern block and decoupling grooves optimized for heavy-duty performance, with the tire’s structure designed to provide enhanced durability and stability as well as improved traction in all road conditions.

The TH31 tread meanwhile is designed with a main zig-zag groove which is claimed to provide excellent traction and water drainage under various road conditions, as well as asymmetric grooves that helps eject stones. The tire also features an all-steel radial structure for durability as well as a new compound mixing system called Innovation Mixing System (IMS) that minimizes disconnection of polymer chains and oxidation for enhanced durability.

“As our first-ever products in the trailer tire segment, we wanted to develop tires that would deliver exceptional performance and stability in heavy-duty conditions,” said Kijong Kil, VP of RE development at Hankook. “Both products are designed to withstand heavy loads and perform on a variety of road conditions, which are essential for trailer applications.”

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