Trial production starts at BKT’s Bhuj plant
BKT reports it has produced its first test batches of solid tyres at the company’s new Bhuj factory in India’s Gujarat state, and commercial production of tubes manufactured there has already commenced.
“Since December, the production of tubes has proceeded as scheduled, all required testing was done and the results are very satisfactory,” confirmed BKT executive director Rajiv Poddar. “After its successful testing, BKT has already launched its tube into the market. Whereas the production of solid tyres test sizes has started. The first production of tyres test sizes is scheduled for March, and it will turn into full process within a few months.”
When plans for the Bhuj facility were announced in 2010, BKT vice-chairman and managing director Arvind Poddar shared that the new plant was expected to increase overall capacity from 150,000 tonnes per annum to 260,000 tonnes. Groundbreaking for the plant took place on January 28, 2011; the project’s first stage involves an investment of 205 million euros and should result in a 90,000 tonne per annum capacity at the factory by the third quarter of 2012. “There we are going to produce almost the complete range that we are producing in our other three plants, as today our major constraint is our capacity,” Poddar commented in early 2011. “Demand is huge, because people have realised that our product is en par with any premium product available in the world.”