Tires are the vehicle’s only link with the road. They have to transmit all forces onto four areas of the road surface that are roughly the size of a postcard. In critical situations, it is the technology level of the tires that determines whether a vehicle is able to stop in time or stay in the correct lane during cornering maneuvers. The Tire division is known for maximizing safety through short braking distances and excellent grip as well as reducing fuel consumption by minimizing rolling resistance.
The division is divided into six business units: (Status: December 31, 2016):
- PLT, Original Equipment
- PLT, Repl. Business, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa)
- PLT, Repl. Business, The Americas (North, Central, and South America)
- PLT, Repl. Business, APAC (Asia and Pacific region)
- Commercial Vehicle Tires
- Two-Wheel Tires