BKT says it is “ready to take up the challenge” of developing tyres for the coming generation of self-driving and electric off-highway vehicles. The tyre maker is already addressing changes within the agricultural and construction sectors with a range of solutions, drawing upon its almost 30-year experience and in dialogue with end-users.
Off-highway tyre specialist Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT) reports the resignation of its chief financial officer, B K Bansal. The tyre maker shared on 28 August that Mr Bansal “has been relieved with immediate effect” and succeeded by M S Bajaj, who takes on the company’s financial responsibility as CFO alongside his existing role as President (Commercial).
The second BKT-sponsored Tractor of the Year digital episode has been published. Having looked at connectivity, the new focus is now on the driving experience and how it is becoming increasingly automated.
BKT is launching three new Earthmax models which, according to the company, will complete the range. The new tyres are the Earthmax SR 412 – a 29.5R25 tyre designed to equip articulated dump trucks with a tread pattern that optimises traction; the Earthmax SR 475 – specially developed for rigid dump trucks, and available in size 18.00 R 33; and the Earthmax SR 452 – previewed at the ConExpo 2020 fair in Las Vegas last March, the size 24.00R35 tyre was developed for rigid trucks requiring greater traction and stability on uneven terrain.
BKT has introduced two new Maglift forklift tyres, the Maglift Eco and Maglift Premium. Both tyres are particularly “wear and cut resistant” thanks to BKT’s rubber compound. The manufacturer has employed a softer mixture for the comfort of the operator in the middle part of the tyre section.
Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP), the body which governs the French football leagues, officially presented the new identity of the 2020/21 Ligue 2 season this month. And, from 1 July 2020 it will be called Ligue 2 BKT. The title sponsorship agreement runs through to June 2024.
Agricultural and industrial tyre specialists manufacturer BKT launched the new Liftmax LM 63 on 14 May 2020. The tyremaker describes its later offering as “a perfect mix of resistance, stability, and comfort.” Meanwhile, BKT will soon release a range of new sizes for its Liftmax LM 81 and Container King tyres.
With the approval of local authorities, BKT has restarted tyre production, albeit still on a partial basis, in all its plants in India. The off-highway tyre specialist has also resumed supply and delivery to both the OEM and aftermarket channels.
BKT doesn’t produce car tyres. Nor tyres for trucks or motorcycles. The company’s Research and Development Centre in India focuses solely on vehicles that operate off the highway, and constantly looks for new solutions by developing and fine-tuning tyre ranges and new tyre sizes for specialised applications.
The lockdown now in place across India is one of the most radical measures seen to date during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, tyre production has come to a standstill at plants across the country. While India’s government exempts the manufacture of “ essential commodities” from the three-week lockdown it hasn’t provided clarity as to what products it considers essential. Therefore it is unclear when tyre manufacture will recommence within the country.
Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT) reports that it commenced trial production for the second phase of its carbon black facility in Bhuj, India on 12 March. Trial production at the currently 80,000 tonne per annum facility began ahead of schedule, the tyre maker adds.
It’s already title partner to the knockout championship Coupe de la Ligue (French League Cup), and now BKT has extended its football activities in France by becoming title sponsor to the country’s second division league. From the start of the 2020/21 season, this will be known as Ligue 2 BKT.
Never change a winning team, says BKT. That is why it has extended its Monster Jam partnership with promoter Feld Motor Sports. The agreement, first signed in 2014 and scheduled to expire in 2020, now runs until 2026.