JK Tyre Joins in Truck Tyre Price Slash
JK Tyre is the latest of the large Indian manufacturers to announce a large cut in the price of its tyres, reducing them by 400 rupees. In Mumbai, The Hindu reports that company president, Arun K Bajoria stated, “JK Tyres has reduced the price of truck tyres by 400 rupees in view of lowering of rubber prices.” The cut is the second in two months, following the Cenvat-related reductions in December (see Tyrepress.com for details).
These reductions come in a marked contrast to the last two years’ consistent and sharp upwards trajectory in India’s tyre prices, which totalled a 40-45 per cent increase. The increases were tracking the rising cost of natural rubber, though – much to the chagrin of the All India Motor Transport Congress – when rubber dropped in value, commercial tyre prices remained high. The AIMTC recently spent eight days conducting a nationwide strike due in part to the continued high prices of tyres.