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Hankook Tire Launches ‘Laufenn’ in Europe: New Tyre Brand for New Value
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Hankook Tire Launches ‘Laufenn’ in Europe: New Tyre Brand for New Value

Laufenn aims to provide utmost satisfaction to consumers with a range of products for various lifestyles and needs. Developed especially for the European market, Laufenn tyres are developed and produced in Hankook’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Hungary. Summer patterns of the Laufenn line-up will be available for purchase in Europe from spring 2016.

Neu-Isenburg, Germany, 15 September 2015 – Today, premium tyre maker Hankook Tire announced the launch of its new tyre brand Laufenn on the European market. The announcement was made during the company’s press conference at the 66th International Motor Show (Internationale Automobil Ausstellung - IAA) which is currently underway in Frankfurt, Germany, where the Laufenn product line and brand strategy were also unveiled.

The Laufenn brand offers a wide range of quality products to meet a variety of driving conditions to consumers seeking value, quality and style. The new brand shall represent both a symbolic and tangible point of Hankook’s vision for growth in the global automotive market.

The new line-up of Laufenn products were developed especially for European market needs with Hankook’s European Technical Centre (ETC) in Hanover playing a vital role in development. The tyre line-up will be amongst others manufactured at the company’s high-tech production facility in Hungary, which is one of the most modern in the world, specialising in the production of Hankook premium passenger car, SUV and LTR tyres for the European market. 

Laufenn will provide a new perspective on tyres to our European customers,” says Ho-Youl Pae, Head of Hankook Tire Europe. “It will grow as a sustainable brand of our company with our strategic efforts to meet the diverse needs of consumers in this market. We will continue to invest in the brand and make Laufenn a market player providing the most practical values that consumers seek.”

Laufenn aims to serve smart and price-conscious consumers with a well-rounded range of quality products which fit a variety of lifestyle needs through timely tyre performance upgrades and enhancements. Laufenn tyres will initially be offered in five product line-ups: S FIT EQ (passenger car summer tyres for the performance segment from 15 to 19 inch), G FIT EQ (passenger car summer tyres for the touring segment from 13 to 17 inch), X FIT VAN (Summer tyres for the SUV/Van segment from 14 to 16 inch), i FIT (studdless passenger car/SUV winter tyres for western and central European markets from 13 to 18 inch) and the i FIT ICE (studdable passenger car/SUV winter tyres for Scandinavia/Russia from 13 to 18 inch).

About Laufenn

Launched in 2015 on the European market, Laufenn is a new tyre brand born in pursuit of simplicity, dedicated to providing reliable performance and an appealing driving experience. Emphasis on fundamentals and essential functionality of tyres, Laufenn offers customers with a full line-up of practical products that match a variety of lifestyle needs, including radial tyres for passenger cars, SUV’s and light trucks for summer and winter conditions. As a new brand of Hankook Tire, Laufenn delivers reliable quality and service from R&D and production as well as a focused customer service providing a comprehensive warranty under the direction of a major corporation.

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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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