Northants manufacturer celebrates 10-year partnership with Transaid


Northamptonshire based manufacturer Hankook Tyre is celebrating a 10 year partnership with international development organisation Transaid. Hankook and Transaid have worked together since 2006 to improve the quality of life of people in Sub-Saharan Africa by implementing and sharing transport solutions that are safe and sustainable for local communities.

A total of 5929 drivers in Zambia and Tanzania have been trained between 1st May 2015 and 30th April 2016 through Transaid’s road safety initiatives. The organization has also implemented a number of training inputs in Malawi and collaborated with the Ministry of Health (MISAU) in Mozambique to strengthen the transport management practices.

Hankook has built a strong relationship with Transaid over the last decade and has provided continued support to strengthen the charity’s work. The partnership has helped to improve access to health services in Zambia, Madagascar, Nigeria and Uganda. With over 8,000 people having accessed health care services in last 12 months through the emergency transport systems Transaid have implemented, the programme brings health care services closer to communities. The charity provided 235 Community Health workers with bicycles and training in Madagascar in the last year alone.

Mark Grace, marketing manager of Hankook Tyre UK, said: “Hankook has been a dedicated supporter of Transaid for 10 years now, contributing to various initiatives to help make a positive impact to people in developing countries. Our aim is to provide safer transport solutions that enhance the lives of our customers and the work Transaid does reflects our ethos and values. We will continue to maintain an ongoing partnership and we look forward to working together to create a better tomorrow for many people across Africa”.

Gary Forster, CEO, at Transaid added: “We are very grateful of the flourishing partnership we have with Hankook and with their support we can provide innovative solutions to some of the key challenges facing transport and development today”.