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September 2016

By Tom Shattock

Posted in Kumho News

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Returning to the UK Truck Tyre Market in style

It has been 18 months since we returned to the UK truck tyre market and the future looks bright!

With impressive sales, an expanded team in place and new products in the warehouse, our UK truck tyre offering and performance is better than ever.

Our products deliver substantial mileage benefits that compete well with and often surpass those of our premium brand competitors. Our sales from 2016 are already running 160% up on last year.

“These are challenging times for our market, which is seeing a major influx of Asian product, coupled with the uncertainty of the global economy and Britain’s decision to leave the EU. However, not only have we moved swiftly to create an effective dealer chain, but also been very busy developing an exciting new range of products.” Steve Miller, head of Kumho Tyre UK’s Truck Tyre Business.

Let’s have a look at the KXS10 and KXD10. These flagship steer and drive tyres first became available at the back-end of last year in 315/80 size. 295/80 and 315/70 versions will be added in the near future and Kumho has very high hopes for these cross-Euro patterns and their upcoming derivatives.

Then there’s the KRS50 and KRD50. Stocks of the extra-load, Euro 6 compliant KRS50 pattern are just coming on stream and, according to Miller, “already flying out of the door”. This new regional steer pattern is available now in 295/80 size, with the 315/70 version set to join the range at the turn of the year. Its regional drive axle partner is the upgraded KRD50.

The KRT03 is set to join Kumho’s ever-evolving truck tyre line-up by the close of 2016/early 2017.

“One of the major challenges of creating a sustainable range of truck tyres these days is taking account of all the different load levels, temperatures and meteorological conditions fleets can encounter as they travel from one side of the continent to the other in a very short space of time. We believe our solutions are as competitive as those of any major tyre manufacturer, and will be sharing these and other forward-looking views with our European dealers at a special seminar in Hanover on the evening of September 26, that’s been timed to coincide with the IAA,” Miller concluded.