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Hankook bus tyres fitment on Public Transport Company in Southern Italy

Tyre maker Hankook and Italian distributor Fintyre will provide bus tyres to equip the 360 coaches and buses of Ferrovie del Sud-Est, part of the Italian National Railway Company. The types of tyres supplied are the SmartTouring AL22 for coaches as well as the SmartCity AU04+, optimised among others for use on electric buses. The service on site is going to be managed by Fintyre.

Sesto San Giovanni, 15th November 2019 – Premium tyre maker Hankook will provide the SmartTouring AL22 and the SmartCity AU04+ tyres to Ferrovie del Sud-Est, an Apulian transportation company which is also a part of the Italian National Railway Company. The bus tyres are going to fulfil the needs of the entire vehicle fleet including 360 buses and coaches for public transport. Hankook will supply the bus tyres in cooperation with Fintyre, one of the top Italian distributors of replacement tyres 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 tyres 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 tyre 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 tyres) optimised rolling resistance, fuel efficiency and low wear for particularly efficient travel. The AU04+ is the tyre 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 tyres must be able to withstand a heavy load and guarantee safe and efficient use at the same time. The innovative tread compound and new tyre structure guarantee high safety and make efficient and eco-friendly use in city traffic a reality. The tyre is designed for use on electric buses, as well as traditionally powered vehicles. The reinforced sidewall of the tyre protects from excessive wear as a result of frequent curb contact. Both the SmartTouring AL22 and the SmartCity AU04+ are all-season tyres 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”.


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From left: Cristiano Costantino, TBR Specialist of Hankook Tire Italia; Raffaele Palermo, Senior Sales Manager of Hankook Tire Italia; Marco Massimetti, Maintenance Manager B.U. Ferrovie del Sud Est buses and Automobile Services; Giuseppe Colombi, Public Enties Channel Manager of Fintyre; Angelo Cianfrocca, Technical Engineer of Hankook Tire Italia

Hankook Tire manufactures globally innovative, award winning radial tyres of proven superior quality for passenger cars, light trucks, SUVs, RVs, trucks, and buses as well as motorsports (circuit racing/rallies).

Aspiring to bring consumers the utmost excellence in product quality, technological excellence and driving satisfaction, Hankook Tire continuously invests in research and development maintaining five R&D centres and eight production facilities around the world. Bespoke tyre solutions for the European markets as well as European Original Equipment according to the requirements of leading premium car manufacturers, are developed in the company’s regional Technical Centre in Hanover/Germany. Production for the European region is taking place in the state-of-the-art manufacturing site in Rácalmás/Hungary which was inaugurated in June 2007 and is continuously being expanded. Currently around 3,000 employees produce up to 19 million tyres a year for passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks.

Hankook Tire’s European headquarters are located in Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt am Main in Germany. The manufacturer operates further branches in Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and Ukraine. Hankook products are sold directly through regional distributors in other local markets. Hankook Tire employs approximately 20,000 people worldwide and are selling their products in over 180 countries. Internationally leading car manufacturers rely on tyres made by Hankook for their original equipment. Approximately 34 percent of the company's global sales are generated within the European and CIS-Region. Hankook Tire has been represented in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index World (DJSI World) since 2016.

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