Ian Black-Moore has joined Nordic Tyres and GB Tyres as the Business Development Manager for the South-West of England and Wales. He brings over twenty years of combined experience within the tyre and agriculture trades to the role.
When we wrote about Ceat Specialty following the Agritechnica show in 2019, we described the firm as being perhaps “the largest agricultural tyre maker you’ve never heard of.” Four years is a long time, and Ceat Specialty now not only offers a much bigger range, the chances of being unfamiliar with the brand have greatly diminished. To find out more about today’s Ceat Specialty and its growing product range, we met with chief executive Amit Tolani at Agritechnica 2023.
The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, the environmental regulatory body in India’s Maharashtra state, has permitted Ceat Ltd. to restart operations at its Bhandup plant. It issued directions to this effect on 13 November 2023; these allow the tyre maker to resume production in Bhandup provided it complies with “certain conditions”. Notifying the BSE and National Stock Exchange of India of this development, Ceat does not mention specific details of these conditions but confirms it is “taking necessary steps” to fulfil them.
The environmental regulatory body in India’s Maharashtra state has ordered tyre maker Ceat Ltd to pause operations at one of its plants. In notifications supplied to the BSE and National Stock Exchange of India, Ceat reports that the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board told it to “close down operations” at the Bhandup factory in the suburbs of Mumbai. According to Ceat, the Board’s correspondence of 4 November 2023 claims “certain alleged violations of the pollution control norms.”
In addition to the forestry tyres announced last week, Ceat Specialty will use the Agritechnica 2023 show as a platform for introducing its new VF flotation tyre range. The company considers these products “a significant addition” to its line-up.
CEAT Specialty is set to launch “a comprehensive range of forestry tyres” at Agritechnica 2023. The CEAT Specialty Forestry range will cover the two key segments of log skidder and forwarder harvester.
CNH Industrial has approved Ceat Specialty to supply agricultural radials for farming equipment manufactured in Brazil and Argentina, and this new relationship commences with shipments of Ceat Farmax tyres for fitment on Case IH and New Holland tractors. Ceat Specialty shares that the agreement followed the OEM engaging in “several rounds of assessment and audits” relating to Ceat’s radial tyre plant in Mumbai, India.
Ceat Specialty has appointed Peter James Cawson to lead the company’s growing business in the UK and Ireland. The new Business Development Specialist brings with him 16 years of tyre industry experience, most recently at Michelin, where he served as a territory business manager.
Ceat Specialty reports having increased its production capacity for agricultural radial tyres by 50 percent in 2022, a measure undertaken to meet growing demand for its agricultural radial tyres in Europe and around the globe. Further growth plans include raising production capacity for these products by 55 tons per day over the next two years.
Ceat Specialty is expanding its line-up of VF technology tyres with the introduction of the Spraymax VF. This tyre is specially designed for self-propelled sprayers. The Ceat Spraymax VF is engineered to carry 40 per cent more load than a standard radial. Alternately, it carries the same load as a standard radial at 40 per cent lower pressure.
Roughly two years after he was appointed Ceat Ltd VP of marketing, Amit Tolani has been named chief executive of Ceat Specialty, effective 1 June 2021. Ceat Specialty has its EU office in Amsterdam and has been serving European farm and OTR tyre customers since 2017. Tolani joined Ceat in 2004 and has served in various roles across sales, marketing and supply chain functions. Prior to his latest appointment, he was the chief marketing officer of CEAT.
We first saw the Ceat Torquemax tractor tyre at Agritechnica 2019, and Ceat Specialty has now expanded the range to include very high flexion tyres. The Torquemax VF, aimed at “farmers investing in tyres that offer greater operational efficiencies” for their high-horsepower tractors, is available in sizes VF 520/85R38 170 D TL and VF 710/70R42 185 D TL.
Ever since Indian tyre maker Ceat established its Ceat Specialty Tyres Ltd. off-highway subsidiary in 2015, it has sought to raise its profile and boost business within the agricultural sector. But what products does the Mumbai-headquartered flagship company of RPG Enterprises, a company that produces over 15 million tyres annually, have under development to help farmers boost productivity? Dyutiman Chattopadhyay, vice president of R&D and Technology at Ceat Specialty, outlines the company’s plans.
Ceat Limited reports that the Mumbai Bench of India’s National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) approved the Scheme of Amalgamation for the merger of the wholly-owned subsidiary Ceat Specialty Tyres Limited with Ceat Limited. The NCLT granted approval on 13 March.
Ceat may well be the largest agricultural tyre maker you’ve never heard of, but the company is intent on changing this. After concentrating recent efforts upon developing products suited to European conditions and needs, the company is now dedicating its energies to intensively promoting and establishing its agricultural range within the region.