Hankook Tire has signed a second memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ARLANXEO, the world’s largest synthetic rubber producer, to co-develop synthetic rubber technologies for high-performance tyres. Under the agreement, the two companies will jointly study the development of new high-performance synthetic rubber grades and applications, which they say will increase the performance of tyres from early stages of product development.
The relationship between Hankook Tire and ARLANXEO, a joint venture of LANXESS and Saudi Aramco, started in 2008, with the supply of raw materials such as solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) and neodymium performance butadiene rubber (Nd-PBR). In 2014 the first MOU was signed to expand and collaborate on the development of core synthetic rubber solutions for high-performance tyres.
Hankook says this form of technical partnership represents part of the company’s continued R&D efforts. Coupled with the company’s continuous investment in Hankook Technodome, a state-of-the-art research and development center located in Korea, this additional R&D effort is expected to accelerate Hankook’s pursuit to further advance its technological prowess beyond competition.
“Continuous R&D efforts and investments were made to further solidify Hankook Tire’s position as a global top tier company,” said Hyung Nam Kim, CTO of Hankook Tire. “The strong relationship with ARLANXEO has been great and will continue to result in great technological advancement between the two companies.”