Hankook Tires "Made in Europe" as Original Fitment for VW
Hankook Tires "Made in Europe" as Original Fitment for Volkswagen Transporter, Caravelle, Multivan and California
- Produced in Europe: first ever delivery to VW from Hankook's Hungarian factory
- Product of Europe: designed, developed and tested in Europe for Europe
- VW auditing: Hankook Tire's European production plant meets all requirements
Neu-Isenburg, Germany, May 7 2009 - Volkswagen's Transporter, Caravelle, Multivan and California van models now roll off the assembly line amongst others on Hankook tyres. Europe's largest automobile manufacturer is equipping the fifth generation of its successful and utility-oriented van family, called "T5" by experts, with the new Hankook Radial RA 28, size 215/65 R 16 C. The Radial RA 28, a specially balanced tyre perfectly suited to the variety of uses of such vehicles, it is not only exclusively supplied to Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge in Hannover but it is in fact the first tyre ever delivered to a European automobile manufacturer directly from Hankook's new, ultramodern plant in Hungary.
Moreover, the Radial RA 28 not only stands for Hankook's high-quality production in Europe but also for European engineering, as the tyre has mainly been developed at the tyre manufacturer's Europe Technical Center (ETC) located in Langenhagen near Hanover and tailored to the needs of Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge. At the ETC, more than forty Hankook engineers and technicians are designing tyres that are especially adjusted to the needs of the European market.
The extension of the cooperation with Volkswagen as Hankook's key European original equipment customer marks another milestone on the course for growth of the world's seventh largest tyre manufacturer. "We are happy that Volkswagen has decided to equip its utility vehicles with our tyres and are especially proud that we are already able to supply the tyres from our recently opened European factory", Jin-Wook Choi, Hankook Tire Executive Vice-President and COO in Europe, welcomes the car maker's decision to cooperate with Hankook Tire. "We have been a reliable partner and supplier of high-quality tyres to Volkswagen for many years. We wish to build on this relationship of trust and look forward to equipping many other Volkswagen models in the future."
Thus, the "T5" is the ninth VW model that is factory-equipped with Hankook tyres. Apart from that, the Caddy, Caddy Maxi, Polo, Golf VI and Tiguan models in Europe and the Jetta, Jetta SportWagen and New Beetle models produced in Mexico for the North American market are rolling off the assembly line on Hankook tyres. Before tyre production for the T5 in the European factory started, the plant located in Dunaujvaros near Budapest, Hungary, was subjected to a severe audit by VW auditors. The requirements made by the automobile manufacturer on its suppliers' production facilities go beyond the ISO standards (International Standardisation Organisation) customary in the industry. The auditors' conclusion: The environmental and quality management systems fully comply with the strict requirements of the Volkswagen group.
In January 2009, Hankook's European plant was certified to ISO/TS 16949:2002 and EN ISO 14001:2004 and had thus already met all requirements that usually are made by European car makers with regard to the quality and environmental management systems of their original equipment suppliers. The tyre factory that started operation only in 2007 is one of the most modern tyre manufacturing facilities in Europe. More than 1,200 employees are currently producing about 15,000 tyres a day (about five million per year) with more than 300 different dimensions for passenger cars, SUVs, vans and light trucks.
Apart from Volkswagen, Hankook Tire also supplies tyres as original equipment to Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Opel and Renault.