Hankook and Vaculug sign agreement for retreading in the UK

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Hankook and Vaculug have signed a five-year agreement for the latter, one of Europe’s largest independent retread producers, to manufacture Hankook’s Alphatread retread brand in the UK, as the tire maker continues to focus on its retreading business for commercial vehicle tires. Vaculug will also work with Hankook products as a premium fitment for all its fleets.

“To offer our fleet and dealer partners a cost-effective and ecological solution, Hankook continuously invests in its range and volumes of production of premium Alphatread hot-cured tires,” said Guy Heywood, vice president, marketing, truck and bus tires at Hankook Tire Europe. “Our new partnership with Vaculug will support our mission to offer attractive and sustainable products. This new agreement also ensures maximum value for our fleet customers.”

“We are very proud of our association with Hankook and look forward to growing this relationship to new heights,” added Vaculug managing director, Jorge Crespo. “While this agreement is only for an initial period of five years, we as a family have had a relationship with Hankook that goes back over four decades. We look forward to building on that partnership where the next generation of both Vaculug and Hankook help the environment through more sustainable initiatives such as this one.”

The Hankook SmartLife Solutions concept demonstrates the advantages of a hot retread for fleet companies. All Hankook commercial vehicle tires are designed in such a way that they can be regrooved, and the high-quality carcass can be retreaded several times. These features enable fleet companies to realize economic benefits: 5-9mm of additional base rubber under the tread delivers up to 25% more mileage after regrooving. Hankook Alphatread hot retreads can deliver up to 100% of the mileage achieved with a new tire and equivalent performance, for around 60% of the cost. If the regrooving and retreading process is continued in line with the Hankook SmartLife Solutions concept, the service life of a new tire can be increased to 250%. In addition, around 70% of the raw materials used in new tires can be saved during retreading.

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Matt joined UKi Media & Events in 2014 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over 15 years and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ, Wired, Kipp Report and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire, Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and Wheel Technology International. He is also the chairman of the Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation & Excellence

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