The revamped BKT website is now live, and the off-highway tyre specialist wants us to know that it features some bells and more than a few whistles. Following an “in-depth restyling and redesign of the browsing experience,” BKT’s new online home at bkt-tires.com delivers a “comfortable and user-friendly environment for users” that offers “no lack of exclusive content, first-hand accounts and constantly updated information.”
BKT wants us to know that it is “ready” for electric mobility in the off-highway segment, and is denoting products it has tailored for such vehicles with a new E-Ready sidewall logo. E-Ready made its debut at last November’s SIMA exhibition in Paris on the Agrimaxfactor 70 series tractor tyre range, and BKT plans to gradually extend its use to all products in this category.
The NEC in Birmingham opened its doors to the well-known LAMMA agricultural equipment exhibition this morning (10 January 2023). Normally queuing round the large exhibition centre’s internal road system is a bit of a bind, but this year it was a harbinger of good news for exhibitors that have, in general, fought for visitor numbers to return to pre-pandemic levels – footfall appears to be very healthy.
After a successful return to participating in LAMMA last year, Kirkby Tyres will once again be exhibiting at the UK’s premier agricultural machinery show on 10 and 11 January at the NEC. Occupying the same 225 square metre space in Hall 9 of the National Exhibition Centre, the wholesaler is looking forward to showcasing its main and exclusive agricultural brands including Alliance, BKT, MRL and Pirelli.
Balkrishna Industries Ltd. has completed a project to increase carbon black capacity in Bhuj, India and set up a new power plant at the site. It says both the 55,000 tonnes per annum carbon black capacity project and the power plant project were concluded on 31 December 2022.
BKT has launched the Agrimaxfactor 70 series, a new tyre for tractors that suits both transport and soil tillage operations. The multinational tyre manufacturer says the new Agrimaxfactor product line demonstrates BKT’s commitment to new solutions for an increasingly demanding market. In this case, the product responds to the need for bigger tyres; prompted by an in-depth study of market trends as well as customer and user feedback, BKT utilised its latest technologies and aesthetic design capabilities to supply improved on and off-road handling and stability, while anticipating the needs of new electric vehicles in the sector.
The Tractor of the Year 2023 awards have taken place at the SIMA show, with BKT serving as main sponsor for the third consecutive year. As this year’s winners were announced, the tyre maker also gave word that it would return as main sponsor in 2024.
In a teaser prior to this week’s SIMA show in Paris, BKT commented that its “new step ahead on tyres is not a tyre.” True to word, the Indian off-highway tyre specialist unveiled its latest product for the agricultural, the Agriforce BK T71 rubber track. BKT says this latest addition to its portfolio is “unstoppable on any terrain.”
BKT is responding to the need for speciality tyre products in the recycling industry with new sizes. Leading the range expansion are the speciality 300/70 R16.5 Skid Max SR-Skidder and the 405/70 R18 BK-Loader 53. BKT notes the diversity of machinery operating in recycling centres, calling these environments “one of the most difficult and demanding” for tyres. As a result of such highly specific needs, the manufacturer has developed purpose-made products and is as many sizes and variants as possible.
Off-highway tyre specialist BKT has become northern hemisphere title sponsor of the United Rugby Championship (URC) until 2025. From today, the league will thus be known as the ‘BKT United Rugby Championship’ in this part of the world.
BKT Tyres, as well as Australian businesses Tradefaire International and Macmahon, have developed chain-ready underground mining tyres in what the three companies describe as a world first. The new OTR tyres will be launched in September 2022.
With capacity expansion projects now completed and being ramped up, BKT anticipates achieving a total capacity of 360,000 tonnes per annum by the end of March 2023. But further growth is necessary if the company is to keep pace with demand for its off-highway tyres. During a conference call with investors on 5 August, the tyre maker confirmed that plans are already “on the drawing board” for additional expansion beyond the current projects.
BKT supplier and family-run tyre wholesaler RH Claydon (RHC) has announced the official opening date of its new depot in Carlisle’s Kingmoor Park North enterprise zone. From Monday 1 August the site will be open for deliveries and collections between 8 am and 5:30 pm Monday and for collection 9 am to 12 pm Saturdays. This depot is the company’s eighth site and will allow a greater coverage of the north and border areas.
Trailers play an essential role in agricultural and industrial applications and are tasked with the difficult remit of carrying increasingly heavy loads on a range of surfaces, both on and off the road. Tyre choice strongly influences performance, and BKT has thus introduced a new product for “trailers employed in the toughest transport applications” – the FL 695.
Kirkby Tyres’ stand in Lamma 2022’s Hall 9 focused on the comprehensive technical tyre support the large tyre specialist can offer to farmers and the Alliance Agri Star II. Kirkby Tyres is the exclusive partner of Yokohama Off-Highway Tires’ (YOHT) Alliance brand in the UK and Ireland, and it describes the tractor tyre as a great success. The company also displayed new sizes of the versatile Alliance 590 tyre for a broad range of transport applications, and the Alliance 372 VF and Alliance 389 VF tractor trailer tyres. On the latter tyres, Kirkby showed evidence presented by Danish SEGES Innovation which evidences the effective soil protection, and therefore yield increases, the tyre combination can achieve during the application of liquid manure.