Aeolus, BKT, Emrald and TVS tyre launches at Tyrexpo India
A number of tyre manufacturers have launched new products at Tyrexpo India 2013 in Chennai this week. Aeolus, BKT, Emrald and TVS Tyres have all introduced commercial tyres for applications from truck to OTR. Amongst these, Aeolus is notable for being one of a number of Chinese manufacturers making their debut in India. It is joined by its compatriots Hangzhou Zhonce, Linglong and Wanda Boto.
Aeolus is displaying two new truck tyre sizes, 10.00 R20-18/20 and 11.00 R20-18, as it seeks to establish a presence in the Indian market. Company spokesman Yang Yanzhao told visitors that Aeolus ultimately aspires to become a top three supplier of OTR tyres in the Indian market.
Leading Indian OTR manufacturer BKT is presenting three new specialist tyres at the show. The additions are targeted at popular applications for high speed crane, port and mining machinery and comprise:
• 445/95R25 BKT AIROMAX AM27 TL for High Speed Cranes;
• 18.00-25 40PR BKT Container King for port applications, such as reach stackers;
• and 18.00R33 EARTHMAX SR45 E4 for mining equipment, including Rigid Dump Truck fitments.
Rajiv Poddar, BKT’s executive director, says: “Our extensive R&D and technological capacity drives a constant program of new product development activity. The three new tyres are targeted at key growth markets for BKT, including mining, ports and the construction sector.”
TVS displays industrial tyres
India’s TVS Tyres, part of the giant US$6 billion turnover TVS Group of companies, is a third manufacturer to announce new products at the show. Widely known as a major supplier of tyres for motorcycles ad scooters, of which it produces 1.5 million tyres per month, the company is displaying two new industrial tyres at the show.
The first is its new 14.00-25 EM18 20 DR TL tyre for backhoe loader applications and a 23.1-26 TM09 12 PR TL tyre for compactors under the TVS Eurogrip brand.
Two new forklift tyres for Emrald
Emrald is a major Indian manufacturer of industrial tyres, bespoke compounds, rims and wheels, which exports around 80% of its production to more than 70 countries. New products making a debut at Tyrepo India are two new forklift tyres: the 6.50.10 Super Star premium brand solid tyre, and the 6.50.10 Greckster replacement market solid tyre.
India’s tyre recovery infrastructure gearing up
The rapid growth and development of India’s automotive industry will place increasing pressure on the country’s nascent tyre recovery and recycling infrastructure. Among specialist exhibitors at the show are Eldan Recycling, which has installed two recycling lines in India.
Ravi Narayan, director of project and plants at Indian partner company Ferrostaal, predicts it will take between 5-10 years to establish a structured and cohesive tyre collection infrastructure among dealers and distributors. Naryan says that the system is likely to grow on a State by State basis and believes that awareness of the environmental issues related to scrap tyres will increasingly gain traction among the country’s new generations of highly educated vehicle owners and tyre buyers.