The Latest Breakthrough in Truck Tyres: The Hankook SmartFlex DL15+

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January 31, 2023

Hankook Tyre has recently unveiled the SmartFlex DL15+, a TBR tyre that promises to improve traction and fuel efficiency for both regional and long-haul vehicles. Designed to reduce deformation and enhance energy dispersion, this tyre is the result of Hankook's innovative Smartec TBR technology.

Enhanced Bead Profile and Carcass Structure

The SmartFlex DL15+ features an optimised bead profile and carcass structure that reduces deformation and improves overall energy dispersion when the tyre is under heavy load. This technology ensures a higher level of durability, extending casing life and enabling retreading when required.

Self-Regenerating Sipes for Improved Traction

Hankook's Smartec TBR technology is based on five performance characteristics: safety, mileage, anti chip-cut, retreadability and traction. This allows for the introduction of new tread technologies, such as 3D self-regenerating sipes, which turn out at the mid and latter stages of the tyre's service life. These sipes significantly improve traction and reinforce interlocking components between blocks until the tyre is completely worn.

Improved Stability and Handling

In addition to the improved traction, the DL15+ also features a combined rib and semi-block pattern for additional stability and handling. A wide closed shoulder pattern at the edges ensures smoother wear during the tyre's service life. Compared to its predecessor, the SmartFlex DL15+ also benefits from a 12-point increase in its rolling resistance coefficient and is SmartWay certified.

Supporting the Nation's Truckers

"At Hankook, we're always looking for new and innovative ways to better support our nation's truckers with products that have proven to go the distance and outperform industry standards," said Rob Williams, President of Hankook Tyre America. "In today's landscape, having products engineered to improve rolling resistance and lower overall cost-per-mile for owners and independent operators is especially important in helping that next fill-up go further."

The SmartFlex DL15+ is a prime example of Hankook's commitment to providing cutting-edge tyre solutions that improve the driving experience for truckers. With its enhanced performance characteristics and fuel efficiency, this tyre is sure to be a game-changer in the industry.


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