Kumho has been chosen to supply tyres as original equipment (OE) for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans.
The South Korean tyres manufacturer announced that the prestigious contract marks the expansion of its ‘already fruitful partnership’ with Daimler AG, the makers of the Mercedes-Benz vans.
And the announcement reinforces the company’s aggressive strategy to increase its OE business – especially with the world’s premier brand manufacturers.
The contract relates to vehicles sold in Europe, North America and Asia, and comes into force this month.
Kumho will supply its Radial 857 commercial van tyre in size 235/65R16C 115/113R for Sprinter models up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight manufactured at Daimler’s Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde plants in Germany.
The tyre company began supplying tyres to Daimler in 2007 with the A-Class range. This was followed by the Viano X-CLUSIVE in 2008 and, more recently, the Actros range of rigid trucks and tractor units for the Korean market. Kumho is also a supplier to Smart.
The Sprinter is one of the best selling vans in Europe, and Kumho hopes the new OE contract will help grow awareness for its extensive product range and thereby also increase sales in the replacement tyre market.