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Two Hankook Tires Win Concept Design Honors

M-HankookConceptTires-3.jpgHankook Tire Co. Ltd. has been awarded bronze and finalist awards for its futuristic concept tires at the 2017 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).

The company’s Flexup tire received a bronze award and the Shiftrac tire earned a finalist award in the annual international design competition sponsored annually by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and judged by top design experts across the globe.

The competition is known as one of the world’s top three most prestigious awards alongside the iF Design Award and the Red Dot Award. This year’s five judging criteria were design innovativeness, user experience, user benefits, social responsibility and aesthetic impression.

Hankook Flexup tire received the bronze award for “reflecting an innovative design that can lead the future of driving and present an innovative brand image,” according to the company. Hankook says the finalist award for the Shiftrac tire proves its “future-oriented design philosophy and innovative technology as a top-tier, premium global company with design excellence.”

Flexup is a one-person vehicle that can access stairs, speed bumps, etc. in cities with narrow roads, through a principle of driving treads that expand or contract, reaching the speed of 35 km/h through the city environment. Shiftrac is a hyper agility based tire concept, designed to perform smooth and agile driving within a mega city, through block shifting or skating principle pushing outwards, allowing strong cornering and fast lane change.

Through Hankook Tire’s Design Innovation 2016 – Hankook’s exclusive sponsor program collaborating with the world’s renowned design universities’ students – the company collaborated with the University of Cincinnati to design and produce both Flexup and Shiftrac. The two models have been created to ride through the future mega cities with smart mobility.

Prior to this year’s achievements, Hankook received the IDEA 2015 award, the Luminary award at the Red Dot Award and the iF Gold Award 2016 for the Boostrac, Alpike and Hyblade, based on the collaboration with Pforzheim University in Germany.

“Receiving these prestigious awards from the world’s top three design competitions testifies Hankook Tire’s global recognition for innovative design philosophy capabilities for future driving,” says Seung Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO of Hankook.

IDEA will present the awards at a ceremony in August 2017.

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Hankook Employees Support Untied Way Baby Shower

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Employees from Hankook Tire America Corp.’s U.S. headquarters recently donated more than 1,000 baby supplies as part of a United Way campaign to help needy families in Nashville, Tenn.

“We want members of the community to know we are here for them,” says Hankook President Hee-Se Ahn. “We desire to show support for our North American home and are honored to help families in need.”

Employees donated diapers, baby lotion, socks, wipes and other essential needs to mothers of infants as part of the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s Titan Up for Tots Community Baby Shower. The United Way will distribute the items to at-risk mothers living in the area.

“We appreciate Hankook Tire’s involvement in this drive,” says the United Way’s Interim CEO Mary Jo Wiggins. “Our community is stronger because companies like Hankook are devoted to its betterment.”

Hankook Tire moved its American headquarters to Nashville less than a year ago from Wayne, N.J. For more information about Hankook, visit http://www.hankooktire.com/us.

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Hankook Tire Renews DAV Partnership

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Hankook Tire, in its third year partnering with Disabled American Veterans (DAV), has donated $150,000 to help support DAV’s Mobile Service Office program, and launched the Hankook Heroes recognition program to help honor America’s veterans.

“Hankook Tire is proud to continue its partnership with DAV for a third consecutive year,” said Hee Se Ahn, president, Hankook Tire America Corp. “We are honored to help provide American veterans with access to the benefits and services they deserve.”

The 2017 Hankook Heroes recognition program includes a give one, get one tire promotion and invites Americans to share a story about why veterans are heroes to them.

Submissions can be made at HankookHeroes.com between now and August 25. All submissions will be entered for a chance to receive a set of Hankook tires. A second set of Hankook tires will be donated to the DAV for use on one of its MSO vehicles to further help service veterans across the country.

Hankook has worked with its tire dealer network to bring DAV’s MSO vehicles to service local veterans at tire dealerships across the country at the following locations:

Additionally, to recognize the men and women who have served, Hankook and DAV will co-sponsor all five Cincinnati Reds Military Appreciation Days throughout the 2017 baseball season.

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Hankook and Bridgestone Earn GM Supplier of the Year Honors

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Hankook Tire America Corp. and Bridgestone Corp. received supplier of the year awards from General Motors Co. at the auto manufacturer’s 25th annual supplier awards ceremony.

This is the first time Hankook has received the award. This is the second straight year and 15th occasion that Bridgestone has received this award, which includes the Bridgestone Americas Inc. division.

GM recognized 118 of its best suppliers from 15 countries that have consistently exceeded its expectations, created outstanding value or brought new innovations to the company. It is the most suppliers GM has recognized since introducing the Supplier of the Year program in 1992.

“We are focused on building positive supplier relationships, bringing new, customer-centric innovations to GM and being the OEM of choice among suppliers,” said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, global purchasing and supply chain. “The companies we recognize tonight not only have brought innovation, but also delivered it with the quality our customers deserve.”

The winning suppliers were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives and selected based on performance criteria in product purchasing, indirect purchasing, customer care and aftersales, and logistics.

“Acknowledged by our partners, this award is an additional proof point which testifies to Hankook Tire’s technology leadership and premium quality,” said Seung Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO of Hankook. “We will continue to thrive as a global premium brand by providing innovative, top-quality tires to our partners worldwide.”

Said Mike Martini, president, original equipment, U.S. and Canada, for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations: “I am proud of the effort and dedication that earned Bridgestone this honor for the 15th time. This award is a testament to our product, engineering and manufacturing performance at Bridgestone, and belongs to the dedicated teammates across our global organization who bring value and innovation to partners like GM.”

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Hankook Introduces New UHP Tire

hankook-logoHankook Tire Co. is launching a new semi-slick tire for extreme ultra-high performance—the Ventus R-s4. The tire replaces the Ventus R-s3.
Ventus R-s4 is a semi-slick tire with maximized grip, durability, and handling performance perfect for both racing and general driving, the tiremaker said.

The Ventus R-s4 features a tread pattern with geometric chamfer to enhance the tire’s durability and prevent tread surface damage. Additionally the tire has a gradually angled slant chamfer to maximize the contact surface, Hankook said. According to Hankook, the Ventus R-s4 also features a wider-center block, which improves steering response, a two-channel main groove with hydroplaning function, a variable groove angle which offers optimized block stiffness with no shaking, and a high stiffness shoulder blocks with proved steering response and improved cornering grip.
The Ventus R-s4 is scheduled to launch sometime in the first quarter.

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Hankook Expands Commercial Truck Tire Lineup

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Hankook Tire America Corp. has released two tires designed for regional service applications. The new Hankook AH37 and DH37 tires are designed to offer lower rolling resistance and greater fuel efficiency.

Both the AH37 and DH37 feature 3D Kerf Technology, offering better traction, increased mileage and improved tread wear. SmartWay and California Air Resources Board (CARB)-certified, the tires help reduce the impact on the environment, according to Hankook.

The AH37 is a steer / all-position axle tire for regional haul fitments on truck and bus applications. Offering multipurpose performance, the AH37 tire is structurally designed for longer tread life, fuel efficiency and durability in intense driving conditions. The optimized footprint offers improved traction and mileage performance for a smoother ride and better handling. An enhanced kerf design displaces water for outstanding road grip in adverse weather conditions.

Hankook says the DH37 is ideal for commercial fitments on both school buses and regional haul trucks. Designed for extreme mileage and excellent traction in all road conditions, the DH37 features a large footprint and aggressive tread design, which provides outstanding performance in all weather conditions.
“Hankook continues to bring the latest tire technology to the commercial market,” says Brian Sheehey, senior director, Hankook Tire America Corp. “The AH37 and DH37 tires offer a new element of performance and durability to Hankook’s TBR portfolio.”

Both tires will be available for purchase starting in March through Hankook certified dealers
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Hankook Encourages Young Designers and New Tire Technology

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Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. focused on smart mobility tire concepts and electric vehicle technology at its annual Design Insight Forum at the Hankook Technodome.

Hankook also unveiled the best cutting-edge design concepts of its Design Innovation program at the forum, which was held on Dec. 8, 2016.

The Design Insight Forum has been held every year since 2004 under the theme of future driving environment. This year, the forum covered tire-centered smart mobility in the future mega cities under the theme of ‘Connect to the Connected World,” and the latest auto-tech trend in automotive market and tire technology for future electric vehicles.

Design Innovation, which has been held three times since 2012, is Hankook Tire’s sponsor program collaborating with university students. This year, the program was held in collaboration with senior industrial design students in University of Cincinnati to suggest mobility in the future mega cities in the forms of self-driving and connected cars, and car-sharing.

The winning works resulted in numerous patents as well as awards at world’s leading design awards, including IDEA, IF awards and Red Dot Design Awards. Last year, Innovative Boostrac Concept Tire, which was a part of Design Innovation 2014 project, won a Luminary of Red Dot Award.

A total of 34 works were submitted as the result of Design Innovation 2016. Five works were selected to be exhibited in mockups and animation at Hankook Technodome. The works and a description follow.

Flexup: moving freely even in stairs.
Magfloat: driving with flexible wheel by using magnetic field.
Autobine:adding the tires with expandable bus body depending on the number of passengers.
Shiftrac: powerful cornering by using skating principle.
i-Play: maximizing cornering performance.
Seung Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO of Hankook Tire said the Desin Insight Forum is meaningful because ““one can witness fine works of young designers of the future tire innovation at the new and state-of-the art R&D center, Hankook Technodome.”

Hankook says it is the first tire company to win the three major international design awards for its innovative product design. The continuous recognition by world’s renowned design awards highlights Hankook global top tier technology leadership as well as design innovation, according to the company.

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Hankook Winter Tire Wins International Design Award

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Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. has won a Good Design Award for its new Winter i*cept iZ2 A tire. The tire is sold in the U.S. as Winter i*cept iZ2.

The model name Winter i*cept iZ2 A is used for products sold in Korea, China and Japan, according to Hankook.

The Winter i*cept iZ2 A was recognized as a winner at the Good Design Award Japan 2016 in the category of Transportation Equipment and Facilities.

Released in September 2016, the Winter i*cept iZ2 A is highly acclaimed for its innovative design that provides optimal performance and safe driving on various road surfaces in winter, according to Hankook.

The tire’s specialized pattern designs such as sharp block edges and a spiral 3D structure of tread block improve the winter driving experience. The coexistence of two design types, symmetric and asymmetric, allows the tire to perform in snowy and wet road conditions. The company says the differentiated design comes from global top tier technology.

It is the third time during 2016 that Hankook Tire has been recognized by major international design awards for its innovative product design. The company received the iF Design Award in February, Red Dot in March and July.

The Good Design Award has been a comprehensive design evaluation and commendation system in Japan since it was established in 1957. Core criteria for evaluation include innovativeness and practicality.

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Hankook Ups Its Support for Disabled American Veterans

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Hankook Tire America Corp. participated in the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 95th national convention in Atlanta as part of its ongoing efforts to support the country’s veterans.
During the event Hankook’s CEO and Vice Chairman Seung Hwa Suh met President Barack Obama before the president’s keynote speech.
While continuing to build its U.S. presence Hankook is increasing its support for America’s veterans. To further recognize the men and women who have served our country, Hankook is hosting the Hankook Heroes recognition program through Aug. 7. Anyone can share a photo and brief story about their military hero in the online gallery at HankookHeroes.com. The hero has a chance to receive a set of Hankook tires.

“Hankook is dedicated to honoring veterans and helping provide them with access to the benefits and services they deserve,” says Seung Hwa Suh. “Now in the second year of our partnership with DAV, we’re honored to have been able to participate in DAV’s national convention and recognize veterans for their service and the sacrifices they have made.”

As part of Hankook’s partnership with DAV, Hankook is helping deliver free services to veterans of all generations by hosting four of this year’s DAV Mobile Service Office (MSO) stops. The DAV MSO vehicle will be at the following locations this fall:

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“We’re so appreciative of Hankook’s growing partnership with DAV and value their involvement in this year’s convention,” says Marc Burgess, DAV National Adjutant and CEO. “With Hankook’s continued partnership, we’re able to better serve more and more veterans every year.”

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Hankook Offers Consumer Rebate Up to $100

hankook-logoHankook Tire America Corp. is hoping consumers are ready to play ball with its 2016 ‘Great Hit’ mail-in rebate program, available for seven of Hankook’s most popular passenger and light truck tires.

Consumers who purchase four qualifying Hankook passenger or light truck tires from an authorized Hankook dealer between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30, 2016, are eligible for a mail-in rebate of up to $100. Consumers can download rebate forms at http://www.hankooktireusa.com/greathit2016.

Here’s a run down of the products that qualify for the 2016 ‘Great Hit’ mail-in rebate offer:

Hankook Ventus V12 evo2 (Pattern Code: K120) $100 rebate – Hankook’s ultra-high performance summer tire for passenger cars incorporates an advanced tread pattern design and sidewall design which provides high speed stability, improved braking performance in wet and dry conditions, and better wear-resistance.

Hankook Dynapro HP2 (Pattern Code: RA33) $100 rebate – The Dynapro HP2 is Hankook’s light truck/SUV/crossover touring all-season tire developed for drivers looking for year-round, on-road performance. It’s designed to combine ride comfort, long wear and low rolling resistance to promote vehicle fuel economy, plus all-season traction in dry, wet, and wintry conditions.

Hankook Kinergy GT (Pattern Code: H436) $100 rebate – Featuring wider circumferential four-channel grooves, the Kingergy GT tire is designed to provide maximum water evacuation for better grip and traction. The premium grand touring all-season tire is designed and optimized to perform in wet, dry and winter conditions, in addition to providing a quiet and comfortable driving experience.

Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 (Pattern Code: H452) $80 rebate – With an asymmetric tread pattern, the UHP all-season Ventus S1 noble2 incorporates a four channel rib design for efficient water evacuation and an advanced silica rubber compound for wet handling and braking. A straight rib block design applied to the outside of the tire’s contact patch helps to prevent unwanted road noise and increase cornering grip, while multiple 3D kerfs and carving edges provide improved winter condition traction. Additionally, the Ventus S1 noble2 offers a 50,000 mile limited treadwear warranty.

Hankook Optimo H727 (Pattern Code: H727) $50 rebate – The Optimo H727 is a premium touring all-season tire. Designed to provide drivers with a quiet ride, the Optimo H727 comes with a 100,000 mile limited treadwear warranty.

Hankook Dynapro AT-m (Pattern Code: RF10) $50 rebate – Tor 4×4 vehicles, the Dynapro AT-m employs a tough pattern design and block structure to overcome any road.

Hankook Dynapro HT (Pattern Code: RH12) $50 rebate – The Dynapro HT provides drivers of light trucks, vans and SUVs improved all-season traction and lower rolling resistance for improved vehicle fuel economy and treadwear. Additionally, the Dynapro HT is backed by a 70,000 mile limited treadwear warranty in its P-Metric sizes.

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