BKT OPENS NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART PLANT IN INDIA

Created on: 
2015-12-17

Representatives from Al Muftah Tires and Lubricants have recently visited the new start-of-the-art BKT Tires Factory in Bhuj, Gujarat, India.

The new plant is able to reach a production output of 120,000 tons a year at full capacity. It will produce off-highway tire for all market segments such as agricultural, construction, and industrial vehicles as well as earthmoving, port and mining, ATV, and gardening applications.

Introducing the plant, Mr. Rajiv Poddar, said "We have invested over USD 500 million in this plant. This is a huge plant spread across 300 acres and with the most modern machinery ever used in production in India. The plant will enhance our total capacity by 75%."

Mr. Arvind Poddar, BKT's Chairman, also shared that having one of the biggest production industrial operations in India, the company prioritizes tackling its environmental footprint, where its wastes are reused as per government regulations. Mr. Usta further added that it is active in its corporate social responsibility projects, including supporting schools for women and children, and is partner to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

The Bhuj plant will add about 120,000 tonnes per year in addition to its 180,000 tonnes obtained from the other three plants. There are plans to modify the Bhuj plant and extend its production capacity to the level of 280,000 metric tons.

This facility will also produce Ultra large and Giant OTR tires rims with 51 inch diameter.

As BKT invests about 3.5 percent of its annual sales into research and development, it is building a 32,000 sq.-feet facility at its Bhuj OTR tire plant and will complement its existing R&D facilities in Chopanki in Mumbai, India.

The new factory has a large variety of the most common and specific test trials. Its R&D assets include three testing wheels in addition to an outdoor testing facility for tractor and OTR tires.

In addition to cutting-edge production technologies, the Bhuj plant also encloses large warehouse areas equipped with advanced facilities. The tire plant, sitting on a 300-acre footprint, enjoys a geographically strategic position near major communication roads and commercial ports in order to deliver products in the shortest time possible.