Narain Karthikeyan, who in 2005 became India’s first-ever Formula 1 driver, has signed on as a JK Tyre brand ambassador. Commenting on the arrangement, Raghupati Singhania said the tyre maker was “delighted” to have Karthikeyan represent the JK Tyre brand in India.
As Tyres & Accessories annual global social media ranking enters its seventh edition, this year there is a new winner. Last year’s champion, Pirelli, has fallen two places to third position. At the same time, in a reflection of what has taken place in the UK-only ranking, the top 10 has a new entry, with previously 10th-ranked MRF being overtaken by another large Indian tyremaker.
The organisation representing India’s tyre makers has a new chairman, with KM Mammen being appointed to the role. Mammen, who is chairman and managing director of MRF Ltd., is joined in the Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association’s (ATMA) leadership team by Anshuman Singhania as vice chairman. Singhania is a director at JK Tyre & Industries Ltd.
As a top 15 global tyre manufacturer, India’s MRF continue to operate under the radar of many in Europe, though in motorsport it has rapidly developed from the UK launch of its range at the 2016 Autosport International show into an increasingly significant position. Globally, MRF has been recognised within motorsport circles since the late 1970s, when it became the most important tyre supplier to touring cars in its domestic market, with karting, rallying and various other motorsport events to follow.
MRF has launched the Perfinza range of tyres. According to the company, the new tyres have been developed to focus on ride comfort. To this end they are aimed at luxury and premium segment cars and are currently available for over 60 models on sale in India. Autocar India reports that the range retails via “all MRF exclusive outlets across the country and will be released for export markets later”.
Although its total income rose 2.7 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter of the year, to Rs 40.1 billion (£480.8 million), MRF Limited reported a substantial drop in profit during the three months to 30 June 2017. The India tyre maker’s profit declined 77.9 per cent to Rs 1.1 billion (£12.7 million) due to a 21.0 per cent year-on-year rise in expenses, to Rs 39.2 billion.
Global premium tyremakers continue to lead Tyres & Accessories annual ranking of the leading tyre manufacturers. Owing to the fact that all five of the top five firms have remained stable in their positions, it is difficult to view the chart very differently. Indeed, stability is the order of the day on this year’s table, with 12 of the 20 keep the same positions as last year.
Indian tyre maker MRF Limited reports income of Rs 150.1 billion (£1.8 billion) for the 12 months to 31 March 2017. Net profit for the year came to Rs 14.5 billion (£174.6 million), and the company’s Board of Directors has recommended a final dividend of Rs 54 per share.
Tyre firms present included Pirelli, Yokohama, Toyo, Landsail, MRF and Davanti In addition, the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) welcomed Mark Garnier MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Department of International Trade (DIT), to the annual global motorsport showcase at the show. Garnier, who is also MP for Wyre Forest, leads on high value export […]
News of MRF Ltd.’s plan to set up a new factory in India’s Gujarat state first circulated towards the end of 2015, and now the tyre maker reports signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government that sets out its in-principle intention to erect a manufacturing facility there.
India’s MRF Ltd. has reported stable sales for the three months to 30 June 2016. Net income during the quarter amounted to Rs 34.82 billion (£402.22 million), up from Rs 34.77 a year earlier. Standalone net profit rose 2.3 per cent to Rs 4.91 billion (£56.72 million).
India’s MRF Ltd has posted net profit of Rs 3.76 billion (£39.1 million) for the quarter ended 31 March 31, 2016, up 7.6 per cent year-on-year. Total income increased 3.7 per cent to Rs 34.56 billion (£359.2 million).